Local studies library and archives
What's available at local studies and archives
The Local Studies Library is home to collections of:
- 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.