Alternate Saturdays 9.30am-4.30pm
From 13th November 2017: Closed as part of the Central Library refurbishment until Spring 2018
There is a wealth of information you can use to research anything from local history, archived documents & your family tree.
The local studies collection: encompasses a variety of different resources -- printed books, photographs, maps, newspapers and pamphlets. These resources relate particularly to the past, present and future life of this borough and more generally to Surrey and Greater London (especially south of the Thames). We have especially strong collections of material relating to Croydon Airport and the River Wandle.
The borough's archives: These are kept separately from the local studies collection and comprise primary source material relating almost exclusively to this borough. The main exception to this rule are records of the Wallington (previously Croydon) Magistrates Court. Again, material is held in a variety of different formats - paper, parchment, film and video. Because archives are, by their very nature, unique, readers are asked to observe a number of guidelines designed to protect this material.
Collections locations: The Local Studies & Archives Centre is situated on the top floor of the Central Library. You may need to produce proof of identification (e.g. library ticket, driving licence, CARN ticket etc) before using some material. Whilst we try to have as much material as possible readily available for consultation at least 24 hours notice is required before we can produce archives and hard copy of reports to council and council minutes prior to 1965.
Search our archive catalogue and newspaper index online. Not all our archive collection is catalogued so please telephone us if there is anything you can't find.
Not all of the local studies collection appears on the Library's computerised catalogue. Instead, separate catalogues and indexes exist for some books and larger pamphlets. These can be found in the Local Studies & Archives Centre along with place, person and subject indexes to the archive catalogues.
A large proportion of our archive catalogues can also be accessed via The National Archives.
Local Studies & Archives Centre
Level 2A, Central Library
St Nicholas Way
Telephone: 020 8770 4747
Fax: 020 8770 4777