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Reference Library

For members of Leicestershire Libraries. Online reference library for books and authors, reference books and dictionaries, access to research, business information and consumer advice, Driving Theory Test, and local and family history.

Local and Family History

At some libraries one-to-one and group taster sessions are available with volunteers and members of staff. Contact your library for details.

Family History

The following services provide access to UK Census records, military and armed forces records, emigration records and many other records.

Ancestry Library Edition (ALE)

Find My Past Library Edition

This provides full access to the records you can normally view online in libraries, however please note:

  • These details are for library use only and should under no circumstances be shared publicly

  • It is not possible to log into your personal Findmypast account as you would when using Findmypast in a library

  • For privacy reasons, please do not start or update your own family trees using this account. Instead please register/sign into your own personal account with Findmypast but please note that this will require your own purchase of a subscription or credits to access hints and records within your own account.

Local History

Leicestershire libraries have materials about the individual local history of a town or village, which are available on a self-serve basis. Some of it may not be on display so please ask a member of library staff. Loughborough library has a dedicated local search volunteer to provide assistance.

Major local studies collections are available at the following libraries:

Charges apply for some services, in line with Record Office pricing:

  • Photocopying of reference stock (assisted): 50p per black and white A4 sheet, £1 per colour A4 sheet
  • Photograph permit, 1 day: £7.50
  • Research: 30 minutes £15,  1 hour: £25

British Newspaper Archive: Community Edition

Documents and records

We welcome donations of items which record the life and history of Leicestershire and its people. These ensure that the collections continue to expand, and present day life becomes tomorrow's local history.

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