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Archives and collections

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).

The Archives and Collections Service at the Library of Birmingham will start to take bookings to access the Archives collections and areas as soon as possible. This will be by appointment with material ordered in advance.

Initially, priority will be given to Birmingham City Council officers requiring access to official records, and for those needing to access Public Records (that is records that we hold on behalf of Central Government). We will then open up our appointments slots more widely to all customers and researchers wishing to access our collections.