Buckinghamshire Archives and Local History Library

If you are interested in the history and culture of Buckinghamshire, we have a huge range of resources to help you. Our archive holds a wealth of records, some dating back 800 years. Our Local History Library has a great selection of useful reference books, maps and free internet access.

Whatever aspect of life in Buckinghamshire you want to know more about, we can help. We are a county wide service and are here for all of Buckinghamshire’s residents.

You can visit us in person and we also have a huge range of online resources for you to explore.

Buckinghamshire Archives

Our records are free to access at our base in the centre of Aylesbury. They cover all aspects of life in the county, as well as the people who lived here and our towns and villages. Our records include:

  • maps
  • photographs
  • parish records
  • electoral registers
  • some records from large Victorian institutions, such as workhouses and prisons

We have something of interest for everyone. You can search our archive catalogue

Using original documents can help with school and university projects, family history, house history and local history.

We also have archives related to the Paralympics and Milton Keynes.

Local History Library

The local history library is your place to research local and family history. Discover the history of Buckinghamshire through our vast collection. We have:

  • reference books
  • Ordinance Survey maps
  • newspapers
  • parish registers

We also have online sources and when you visit us we provide free access to ancestry.com. We also offer free access to many family history and local studies websites.

Our collections cover today's Buckinghamshire, as well as those areas of the county that are now in Berkshire and Milton Keynes.

Our reference books are part of the library service’s online catalogue: search the Buckinghamshire libraries catalogue

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