The main reference facility is located in Birkenhead Central Library, with smaller reference collections in:

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Research request

If you are not in the area you can submit a research request. The first half hour of research is free and there is a charge of £12 per half hour thereafter for this service.

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Resources available

Resources available across our reference libraries:

  • business directories
  • government publications
  • yearbooks
  • maps
  • encyclopaedias
  • dictionaries
  • national and local newspapers
  • periodicals for quick facts or background information

Resources available specifically at Birkenhead Reference Library:

  • local and family history resources
  • 1904 Wirral Photographic Survey
  • census returns from 1841 up to 1911, available on microfilm, fiche, CD or online
  • Electoral Registers from 1862 to date
  • newspapers - an archive of local papers from 1880 to date
  • maps
  • trade directories - a range of dates held from 1750s to 1970s
  • cemetery records
  • rolls of honour and monumental inscriptions
  • council proceedings from 1880
  • Public Acts of Parliament (UK) from 1890 in hard copy
  • parish records
  • Birkenhead History Society archive