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Local History and Archives

View our online Local History and Archive Catalogue.

Please note access to the St Helens Archive within the Gamble Institute continues to be available by appointment, please contact LHA@sthelens.gov.uk for more information.

Family History Research

Research your family history with the help of Ancestry Online and Find My Past. These resources are freely available from any St Helens Library Service computer.

Need help getting started? Enrol on a free five week beginners course 'Research your Family Tree' at Eccleston Library. Limited places, call 01744 677675 or email adultlearning@sthelens.gov.uk for more details.

Take a look at What's On in Libraries for a list of forthcoming events.

View our Local History and Archive Catalogue.

Celebrating St Helens 150

St Helens Local History and Archives will showcase three programmes funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund that celebrate the heritage of the borough of St Helens in 2018.

A new online resource, the St Helens Community Archive, will be launching at Eccleston Library in March 2018. Everyone is invited to define their local heritage for future generations by uploading photographs, stories and memories.

An Art installation created by Debbie Adele Cooper will culminate the St Helens Through The Lens project at Newton-le-Willows Library, inspired by portraits of the people of St Helens held in the archive.

Liverpool St Helens Rugby Union Football Club will tour an exhibition that celebrates the birth of club rugby. Catch it at Parr Library 5th Feb - 23rd Feb, Rainford Library 26th Feb - 16th March, Chester Lane Library 19th March - 6th April, Newton-le-Willows Library 9th April - 27th April, and Eccleston Library 30th April - 25th May.

Search Room facilities consist of:

  • Microfilm readers, microfilm printers and microfiche readers
  • 10 public computers
  • Free access to Ancestry and Find my Past
  • photocopying, digital scanning and microform copying are also available.


  • All microform readers are button operated.
  • Chairs of varying height are available for those using bi / varifocal reading glasses.
  • Magnifying lens are available on request
  • The Search Room can be accessed from street level by most wheelchairs including those of the larger motorised type.


Although most of the general local history stock in the Search Room may be consulted without an appointment it is advisable to book before visiting the library, as microform readers and computers are often in great demand.
Archives and records from collections stored elsewhere in the building, may either be consulted the same day or within 48 hours depending on the type of material requested.

Photocopier / Reader Printer                                                    

Paper size B&W / Colour Price per copy
A4 B&W £0.40
A3 B&W £0.70
A4 Colour £0.75
A3 Colour £1.40

Reprographic Charges

  • £1.00 per image to scan to a USB  
  • £2.00 per image by email or post.

A Photography Permit is also available which allows the use of your own personal technological device (subject to copyright and preservation considerations).

  • £3 per day
  • £10 per week

All prices given are inclusive of VAT.

Prices do not include postage and packaging.

Some documents are fragile and cannot be produced or may be subject to copyright.


There is a charge for any advanced research work undertaken of

  • £5.00 per quarter hour for the first hour
  • £15.00 for each subsequent hour or part thereof.

The above charges do not include post and packaging.