Sheffield Local Studies Library and City Archives are located in separate buildings approximately 10 minutes' walk apart.
Both the Local Studies Library and City Archives have similar facilities, including:
- staff on hand to give advice and guidance
- study desks
- map table
- free internet access
- free access to search 'FindMyPast' collections on any Sheffield Libraries computer
- Microform reader printers
- photography and scanning service
- indexes to the catalogues
City Archives has CD-ROMS of local and national sources, library of useful family history and Sheffield and District Family History Society library.
Not all of our collections are held on site, so occasionally it takes us up to 2 weeks to retrieve items for you. In addition, some information in our collections is restricted from public view under the Freedom of Information Act. We strongly advise that you contact us in advance with your requirements so we can ensure we have the information you require when you visit.
You will need to ensure that you either bring your library card or 2 pieces of identification in order to register to our Local Studies Library. At our City Archives you will need to register as a reader using our application form and bring 2 pieces of identification with you.
Archives opening times
- Monday: 9.30am to 5.30pm
- Tuesday: 9.30am to 5.30pm
- Wednesday: closed
- Thursday: closed
- Friday: closed
- Saturday: 9.30am to 5.30pm
Local Studies Library opening times
- Monday: closed
- Tuesday: closed
- Wednesday: 1pm to 8pm
- Thursday: 9.30am to 5.30pm
- Friday: 9.30am to 5.30pm
- Saturday: 10am to 4pm
Arrival at Local Studies & City Archives
At Local Studies you are free to enter and browse the bookshelves and catalogues but in order to view some specialist collections you will be asked to produce a library card or register.
To register you will need to provide 2 proofs of identification and complete a short application form. Please bring 2 official proofs of identity (at least one of which must include your address), on your first visit. (Acceptable forms of identification include driving licence, passport, recent utility bill (such as gas, electricity or water bill) and credit card).
Please refer to a member of staff if you wish to use a computer, the photocopier or a microform reader.
At Archives you will need to register as a reader. To register you will need to provide 2 proofs of identification and complete a short application form. Please bring 2 official proofs of identity (at least one of which must include your address), on your first visit. (Acceptable forms of identification include driving licence, passport, recent utility bill (such as gas, electricity or water bill) and credit card).
By signing the application form you agree to abide by the search room regulations which are designed to protect the unique and irreplaceable documents in our care. These include:
- only pencils may be used
- no bags (including handbags), can be taken into our search room
- secure lockers are provided for your use
Once you have registered you can enter the search room to consult the indexes, catalogues, books, original documents and microforms. Duty staff will help you familiarise yourself with the way the systems work. If at any time you need further advice and guidance please ask for help. All staff are identifiable via their name badges.
Not all of our collections are held on site so we would advise you to contact us in advance so we can ensure we have the information you require when you visit.
We aim to make our facilities and collections as fully accessible as possible. The Local Studies Library has designated on street parking bays for blue badge holders and wheelchair access. Height adjustable tables and seating is also available.
Our City Archives building has full disabled access, with all services on the ground floor.
The Local Studies Library and City Archives also features:
- induction loop
- access to a live telephone or translation services
- a mix of microform viewers, electronic and hand operated
- magnifying glasses available to borrow
- guide dogs and assistance dogs are welcome
- disabled toilet