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Local studies resources

Libraries have resources to help with your local studies research.

Group of builders from Dronfield 1900s

You can research local, family or house history using our resources.


Books, including county, town and village histories can be searched using our  library catalogue.

Many can be borrowed, but some are reference only.

Not every title is in the online catalogue yet, but we have a comprehensive card index at the local studies library in the Derbyshire Record Office.


From lead mining to family history, fully indexed for you at the local studies library in the Derbyshire Record Office and Chesterfield Library.


Newspapers are available on microfilm at some libraries.


Old trade and telephone directories are available.


Census 1841 to 1911 via (free in all Derbyshire libraries), or on microfilm.


Old and modern Ordnance Survey and other mapping.

Photographs and illustrations

Many photographs and other illustration collections are on our free-to-view site on Picture the Past.