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West Lothian Local History Library

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  • At West Lothian Local History Library, you’ll find masses of information about the rich heritage of West Lothian– thousands of books, maps, photographs and old newspapers. 

    And if you’re doing your family history, it’s the essential place to go. We can help you put flesh on the bones of your family tree: find a photo of the places your ancestors lived, see their names in old documents, learn about the jobs they did, the buildings they knew, the lives they lived.

    Experts from the West Lothian Family History Society are in the library on Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am-4pm to give one-to-one help and advice on your research. Just drop in – what will you find?

    Have a look at our Flickr Account to see a sample of all the fantastic images we have on file!

    West Lothian Council History Library is the place to go if you’re interested in your local area. The library holds material on all aspects of West Lothian past and present, including places, people, buildings and events. The library is open to the public and is free to use.

    Books
    Histories of all the towns and villages of West Lothian; biographies of famous West Lothian people; books by West Lothian writers; books on all aspects of West Lothian – industries, agriculture, churches, societies, geography, sports, architecture, wildlife, etc.

    Maps
    Over 1,100 maps covering all areas of West Lothian, at various scales, and dating from the 17th century to the present day; and specialised maps showing geology, rights of way, railways, mines, etc. O.S. name-books for West Lothian parishes.

    Photographs
    Some 11,000 photos and slides of all areas of West Lothian, from the late 19th century to the present day. Copies can be ordered.

    DVDs
    Several hundred DVDs of old gala days and other topics of local interest.

    Family History
    - Censuses (West Lothian parishes) 1841-1901
    - Old Parish Registers (West Lothian parishes)
    - International Genealogical Index for Scotland and Ireland
    - Pre-1855 Monumental Inscriptions in West Lothian
    - West Lothian Poll and Hearth Tax Records
    - Some West Lothian Kirk Session Records
    - 1881 Census for Great Britain on CD
    - Confirmations and Inventories (1876-1933) for Scotland
    - Indexes to the 1851 Census and Monumental Inscriptions for many other parts of Scotland.

    Valuation Rolls
    1855 to date.

    Voters’ Rolls
    1869 to date.

    Publications
    A number of local history books and booklets are always available for sale at the Local History Library and in branch libraries.

    Local Newspapers
    - West Lothian Courier 1873 to date
    - Linlithgowshire Gazette 1891 to date
    - Midlothian Advertiser 1906-67
    - Bo’ness Journal & Linlithgowshire Advertiser 1879-1950
    - Livingston Post 1968-1984
    - Lothians Express 1893-1921
    - West Lothian Herald and Post 1996 to date
    - Edinburgh Evening Courant 1780-1812
    The first three are indexed, and the index can be searched online at http://wlhas.westlothian.gov.uk and click on the Newspaper Search tab. 

    Donations
    We are always grateful for donations, or the opportunity to make copies of photographs and other material of local interest. Photographs can be copied while you wait.

  • You can get to Linlithgow by train from Edinburgh or Glasgow, and the library is only a five minute walk along the High Street from the station. 

    The town is just off the M9 motorway  - exit at junction 4, and take the A803 signposted Linlithgow.  

    The library is in County Buildings right in the centre of Linlithgow, and there’s parking in the Vennel car park behind the white flats at the Cross.

Contact

Phone: 01506 282 491

Web:  Visit Website

Email: localhistory@westlothian.gov.uk

Location

Local History Library
Linlithgow Library
The Vennel
Linlithgow
West Lothian
EH49 7EX

Facilities

  • Disabled parking
  • Disabled toilets
  • Children Welcome
  • On Public Transport Route
  • Bike Storage Available
  • Cash or Cheques Only

Details

Price:

FREE

Monday: Closed

Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 5pm.

First Saturday of each month: 9am - 1pm.

 

Free

All Weather

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