Notice to all customers

The History Centre, located on the first floor of Central Library, will close on Saturday 5 October and will reopen on Thursday 19 December to allow improvement works to take place following feedback from service users. 

These works are designed by the Heritage Service to improve the customer experience including the range of material on open access, customer access to image libraries and finding aids, and improved security and care of the collections in use. The refreshed layout will provide more comfortable areas for general users, more accessible content for independent learners and an improved experience for dedicated researchers using the collections. 

Ancestry and Find My Past Subscriptions

You can still access Ancestry and Find My Past online subscriptions using the public computers in all Blackpool Libraries. For more information on getting a library card in order to access these online subscriptions please visit here.

Limited access available

From Friday 18th October we are operating a limited appointment system every Friday to ensure that customers needing to do essential research can still take place. Appointments are for a maximum of two hours per person and are provided on a first come first served basis once the appointment request form has been received and availability assessed.  To receive an appointment request form please email 

Remote enquiries

We are not operating a remote enquiry service during the closure period and are unable to research and answer enquiries for the public. This service will resume at our standard rate of £5 per fifteen minutes when the History Centre reopens on the 19th December.




History centre

The history centre is located on the first floor of Blackpool Central Library and is a part of the Blackpool Council Heritage Service. It serves a dual purpose, as a local studies space and as the viewing room for the Council's historic collections.

For the general researcher there is a wide variety of material on open access in the history centre which is available to all visitors without an appointment. This material includes:

  • Blackpool electoral registers 1930 to 2009
  • Historic Ordnance Survey maps of the Fylde area
  • Local trade directories 1816 to 1969
  • Local newspapers from 1845
  • Historic local holiday guides for Blackpool
  • Our local history photograph collection

For any material not on open access in the history centre an appointment should be made 2 working days prior to your visit. Please see the collections page for more details.

Preparing for your visit

Visitors wanting the newspapers, especially those travelling long distances, are advised to contact us in advance as you may require pre-booking of reader-printer machines.

We have six Chromebook computers with subscription access to Ancestry and Find My Past. A Blackpool library ticket is required for access to these.

If you are not a member of Blackpool libraries you can join at any library or join online now.

Our reading room has space for 12 readers and booking an appointment 48 hours before your visit is required for accessing the collections not on open access. We will advise you of any delays when you book your appointment and tell us what you would like to see.

Facilities include 2 microfilm reader and printers.

Photocopying, personal camera use, digital reproductions and prints are all available but terms, conditions and charges apply. Please read reproduction guidance for more information. We offer a research service for remote enquiries at a cost of £5 for 15 minutes.

We aim to provide an efficient and helpful service. If you have any queries our reading room staff are on hand to help you navigate the catalogues, handle the material, or attend to any other issue you may encounter. 

Useful information

There is lift access from the ground floor to the history centre on the first floor, and paid public toilets costing 20p are on site on the ground floor.

There is a car park on Queen Street close by and buses stop right outside the building. Blackpool North train station is a five minute walk away.


Enquiries are welcome on 01253 478090 or Email: 

The History Centre,
First floor
Blackpool Central Library
Queen Street

Opening hours

The History Centre is closed from Saturday 5th October - Thursday 19th December for improvement works.