Local studies library and archives

What's available at local studies and archives

The Local Studies Library is home to collections of:

  • Books;
  • Maps;
  • Historical photographs and illustrations;
  • Local newspapers and magazines;
  • Council minutes and publications;
  • Electoral registers;
  • Historical street directories;
  • Property sales catalogues;
  • Specialist collections on The Crystal Palace, Walter de la Mare and H.G. Wells.
  • Multi Media resources
  • Free internet access
  • Free wi-fi access
  • Microfiche and  microfilm reader/scanner and printer
  • Facilities for plugging-in laptop computers.
  • Free access to Ancestry Library Edition - the major online resource for family history research.

The records held in the Bromley Archives are accessible at the Local Studies Library. Amongst the records in the Bromley Archives are:

  • Parish records for the Deaneries of Bromley, Beckenham and Orpington,
  • Workhouse records
  • School records
  • Estate papers
  • Business papers
  • Personal papers

Our archive catalogue is available online. For more information about our archival holdings please contact Local Studies.

A range of local history publications for sale are available from the Local Studies Library.

Local studies fees and charges 2015/16

Local studies library


Tel: 020 8461 7170

Central library, High Street, Bromley, BR1 1EX