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Liverpool History Society’s library, currently 400 titles and growing, is now housed at the Search Room on the 3rd floor of the new Central Library, William Brown Street, Liverpool. The Search Room is open:

Monday and Tuesday 9.30am to 6pm
Wednesday 9.30am to 8pm
Thursday and Friday 9.30am to 6pm
Saturday 9.30am to 5pm

The LHS library will be much more accessible to members than previously and the good news is that no prior appointment needs to be made to access the Search Room.

As part and parcel of the above arrangements, LHS members who need to copy anything from a book can use the dedicated overhead scanner located in the Search Room. Scans made using this machine can be downloaded, free of charge, onto your own USB memory stick. The staff will be able to assist

This is our preferred method of copying as it does not damage the books. However, if this is not possible, the Search Room also has a photocopier, which incorporates a scanner. Normal photocopying charges and copyright legislation would apply.

In addition, LHS members also have access to the public computers in the Search Room. You will need a Liverpool Libraries membership card (available on the day with the usual proof of identity) to do this. This then gives you free access to various resources.

Library Catalogue:

Download List of Books (word doc)

Please note that some of the more valuable/fragile books in the Library are marked ‘reference only’ and cannot be removed. These volumes are freely available for consultation in the Search Room at the Central Library. Pages can be copied using the overhead scanner or photographed using a digital camera with the flash turned off, but PLEASE do not copy them using the photocopying machine .

How to borrow a book

1. If you wish to borrow a book whilst at the LHS Library, please complete the loan form to be found in the ‘Returns Books ‘ box on the shelf. The loan period is for 30 days. Please contact the Librarian by email (allandwilliams@hotmail.co.uk) stating which books you have on loan. If you need to renew the book(s) for a further period, just send an email to the Librarian who will authorise it, if no one else has requested that book(s).

2. Take the lift to the Third Floor of the Central Library – the LHS Library is within the Search Room.

3. Deposit any bags, coats etc in one of the lockers outside the Search Room – there’s a one pound coin returnable system in place.

4. Show your Membership Card to a member of staff who will allow you access to the Search Room. Unlike members of the public, LHS Members do NOT need to make a prior appointment to access the Search Room.

5. When you return the book(s) to the LHS Library just send an email to the Librarian stating that they have been returned.

N.B As part and parcel of the above arrangements, LHS Members using the Search Room have access to the photocopier, which also incorporates a scanner if you need to copy anything from a book. Normal photocopying charges and copyright legislation would apply.

In addition, you have the option of using, free of charge, the dedicated overhead scanner and downloading the scans onto your own USB memory stick.

LHS Members also have access to the public computers in the Search Room. You will need a Liverpool Libraries membership card to do this. This then gives you free access to various resources.

There are also a number of microfilm machines in the Search Room which you can access, again free of charge – staff would bring the reels to you in the Search Room.

NEW ADDITIONS TO THE LHS LIBRARY AT DECEMBER 2016

1. Bryan, F C : Willaston’s Heritage. 1975.
2. Harris, L : My Public Relationships. 2008.
3. Hollinghurst, H : Liverpool Railways through time. 2015.
4. Hoult, J : Short Story of Stoneycroft. 1939.
5. Nash, M : Andrew Picken and his 1827 Liverpool Directory. 2016. Reference Only.
6. Pearce, J P : A Popular Excursion through Ancient Liverpool. Third Enlarged Edition.
7. Sinclair, D : Dockers: 1995 – 1998. 2015.

For any Library enquiries please contact Allan Williams