Local studies and maritime library

Following government advice, and due to the increasing concerns around the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), we have taken the decision to close all libraries effective immediately, until further notice. 

The Local Studies and Maritime Library looks after the local history, maritime and family history collections. It provides information on all aspects on the history of Southampton and Hampshire, including books, periodicals, newspapers, directories, maps and illustrations.

You can use our collection of ship registers, maritime journals and books to discover the histories of ships and shipping lines. Discover your family history using census records, street directories and parish registers. Ample study space is available with trained staff on hand to help with your enquiries.

Documents and books in the local history collection are for reference only. For anybody wishing to borrow local history material, there is a collection of books, videos and pamphlets available for loan on the lower ground floor of the central library and smaller collections in local libraries.

The library is located in the Central Library, Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7LW.

Opening hours

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10am - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm

Email: local.studies@southampton.gov.uk
Telephone: 023 8083 2205

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