Sheffield Local Studies Library

Sheffield Central Library
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The Local Studies Library collects and preserves printed material relating to Sheffield and the surrounding area and makes it available for study and research. The collection of over 30,000 volumes includes books, pamphlets, journals and reports on all aspects of the city's history and development and the lives of its people.

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Opening hours

Mon 10.00 - 20.00
Tue 09.30 - 17.30
Wed 09.30 - 20.00
Thurs 09.30 - 17.30
Fri 09.30 - 17.30
Sat 09.30 - 17.30

Closed Bank Holidays

Extensive collections of printed and other items relecting the history of Sheffield and the surrounding area from the 17th century onwards. The main collections are: - Newspapers from 1787; Sheffield street and trade directories from 1774; telephone directories from 1941; Census returns and electoral registers from 1841; Ordnance Survey Maps; more than 60,000 illustrations; sound recordings, film and video.

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Children and Families

Events and resources for children and families.

Disability Access

Lift access to the library situated on the first floor. Toilets for the disabled. Magnifying/electronic microform viewers.

Online Study Guides

Titles include: -
First Labour MP for Sheffield, Hillsborough Stadium Disaster 1989, House History, Influenza Pandemic 1918, Lesbian and Gay history, Miners' Strike 1984-1985, Sheffielde Flood 1864, Slave trade and Abolition, Women's Suffrage, World War One

Research and Adult Learning

Teaching and resources availlable for HE/FE students.
Adult lectures and workshops held.
Research facilities.

Schools Services and Facilities

Teaching and resources available for primary and secondary schools, including class visits

Sheffield Local Studies Library
Central Library
Surrey Street
South Yorkshire
S1 1XZ


Archives & Local Studies Website

Picture Sheffield Digital Image Collection



0114 273 4753


0114 273 5009

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