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Libraries Research service for archives and local history

Our research policy

If we take on your request to carry out research, we will follow our research policy.

For written enquiries we will:

  • answer all enquiries by letter or by email within 10 working days or explain why a reply may take longer
  • offer advice on our collections and how to access them for free
  • do one search (up to 30 minutes) of a specific source for a charge of £17.50
  • carry out detailed research using our paid research service at a cost of £35 per hour
Alternatively you can visit the Central Library or employ a record agent.

We will not carry out searches of:

There is a lot of research that you can do yourself.

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