The Local Studies Reference Collection has moved from Bath Central Library to the Guildhall

The majority of the Local Studies and Special Collections reference stock previously available in Bath Central Library is now available at the new Archives and Local Studies Service in the Guildhall.

Some less-used discrete parts of the collections have had to go into store, so must be requested with a minimum of 2 working days’ warning.

Please contact the Local Studies Librarian for more details:


Telephone: 01225 39 40 41

Local Studies lending books have not moved to the Guildhall and are still available to browse and borrow from Bath Central Library and local branch libraries.

Bath and the surrounding countryside has a long history centred around the people who lived in this varied landscape. From prehistoric standing stones through Roman bathers, Tudor royal visits, Georgian high society, geological discoveries to the new Bath Spa and SouthGate development, the Archives and Local Studies Service can provide you with a wide range of sources:

For information on any of the sources that are not available through the online catalogue, or any of our collections, please contact the Local Studies Librarian by email at

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