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Visiting the Local Studies Library

How to make the most of your visit to the Local Studies Library and Archive.

Before your visit

We encourage drop-in visitors to let us know what day they plan to visit and what collection items they would like to consult or what information they are trying to find. This allows us to get out documents in advance, meaning that visitors spend less time waiting during their visit.

Contact us before your visit:

  • For Wednesday to Saturday visits, contact us at least two days before
  • For Tuesday visits, contact us by the preceding Thursday

It is not mandatory to contact Local Studies in advance of a drop-in visit.


Access to Local Studies is not step-free. If you require step-free access, let us know in advance of your visit and we will arrange for your visit to take place in a part of the building that is step free.

What to bring with you

Local Studies is a pencil-only environment, and pens are not allowed. Bring with you any pencils and paper that you will need.

It will be possible to bring a camera with you to take photographs of documents if you wish, although please be aware that there is a charge for this. Staff can advise you of the self-service photography charges before or during your visit.

What to expect during your visit

Local Studies is at the top of the building. Please take the stairs or the lift to the second floor and from there take one more flight of stairs up to Local Studies. On arrival you will be greeted by Local Studies staff.

All visitors to Local Studies are asked to place their coats and bags in a locker and to keep with them only those items that they need for their research. Locker keys can be collected from Local Studies staff. Please be aware that the lockers are small and cannot take large items.

Due to the fragile nature of the collection items, everyone must wear gloves when handling them. Gloves will be provided.

If you would like staff to make photocopies or scans of any of the documents provided to you during your visit, or if you would like to take photographs with your own device, please be aware that there are charges for this. Staff can advise you of the charges before or during your visit.

We are unable to take card payments at Local Studies and can only accept payment by cash or cheque.

There are no cafes or refreshment areas in the building. Food and drink cannot be consumed on the premises.

Contact us

Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond, TW9 1TP - Getting here

Phone: 020 8734 3309

Updated: 26 September 2022

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