Libraries and archives

Local studies collection

Our local studies collection has books on all aspects of Liverpool's history located in the 'Archive' area on the 3rd floor of Central Library.

A historic painting of Central Library

The key histories of Liverpool by Enfield, Picton Muir, Chandler and Belchem are available along with detailed history of the City and Merseyside. There is also more general history related to Lancashire and Cheshire available.

There are significant journals and periodicals such as The Porcupine and Liverpolitan, year books, annual reports and directories such as The Red Book along with the directories for the Diocese and Archdiocese. Please note that these books are for reference only. Many of the key works have been catalogued and indexed in detail, and the information is searchable via the archive catalogue.

Search the archive catalogue

The collection also includes material on microfilm and microfiche such as newspapers, periodicals, photographs and church records and you can search our subscription sites, Ancestry and Find My Past, via the Digital Library which is available on Library computers.