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Archives and collections

The Archives and Collections Service at the Library of Birmingham is reopening with a reduced service. From November 2020, a limited number of appointments will be available in the Wolfson Centre for Archival Research on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11am to 3pm, to view pre-ordered archive material. All appointments and archive material need to be booked in advance via our online booking system. The Heritage Research Area remains closed until further notice.


There are two main services you can use:

  • Heritage Research Area for printed local and family history, genealogy, maps, local newspapers
  • Wolfson Centre for Archival Research is the search room for archival collections, photographs, early printed material. Please note that an appointment is needed to use the Wolfson Centre. (A reader’s ticket is also required – please see our section on CARN tickets for details).