Discover the history of Sheffield through our vast collections of archive documents, books, maps, photographs, sound and film recordings.
Sheffield Local Studies Library and City Archives are located in separate buildings approximately 10 minutes' walk apart.
City Archives (52 Shoreham Street):
- Monday, Tuesday and Saturday from 9.30am to 5.30pm
Local Studies Library (Central Library, Surrey Street):
- Wednesday 1pm to 8pm, Thursday and Friday 10am to 5pm and 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