Important Changes to Service

On the 1st January 2019 the service offered by the History Centre is changing. This will allow us to increase access to the collections and improve the quality of customer service to those accessing the collections.

In the past consultation of the collections has not required any appointment and could be requested at the time of visit. This has now changed and researching or viewing the historic collections requires an appointment with two working days’ notice. For full access details of the collections please click here.

The History Centre is located on the first floor of Blackpool Central Library. It serves a dual purpose, as a local studies space and as the viewing room for the town’s special interest and museum 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 date
  • Historic Ordnance Survey maps of the Fylde area
  • Local trade directories 1816 to 1969
  • Fylde area Census records 1841 to 1901
  • Local newspapers from 1845
  • Historic local holiday guides for Blackpool
  • Our local historic photograph collection

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

Preparing for your visit

Visitors, especially those travelling long distances, are advised to contact us in advance as some research may require pre-booking of PCs or 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. Please visit the library downstairs in order to register for a library ticket if you don’t already have one.

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 a microfilm and microfiche reader and printer.

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 open at the following dates and times:

Monday: closed

Tuesday: 9.30am - 5.00pm

Wednesday: closed

Thursday: 9.30am - 7.00pm

Friday: 9.30am - 5.00pm

Saturday: 9.30am - 4.00pm

Sunday: closed