Contact or visit Archives and the Local History Library


Walton Street Offices
HP20 1UU

We are located in the heart of Aylesbury, in the Buckinghamshire Council building. Our entrance is at the side of the council building.

Map showing Buckinghamshire Archives.

Opening times

Day Opening times
Monday Closed
Tuesday 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 10am to 5pm
Thursday 9am to 5pm
Friday Closed
Saturday (first Saturday of each month only) 9am to 4pm
Sunday Closed

Facilities for visitors

We have one public room where customers can study archival original material and local studies resources such as:

  • maps
  • text books
  • microfilm
  • microfiche
  • transcripts
  • other documents detailing local history

We also offer:

  • computers
  • microfilm and microfiche readers
  • sockets for you to plug in personal devices
  • accessible toilets
  • induction loop systems
  • magnifying equipment

If you would like to use any of these resources during your visit, let us know and we will book you a specific seat in the room so you can access what you require.

You can use a camera in both our study areas, you will need to buy a permit.

To protect our documents, we do not allow certain items into the searchroom, including:

  • pens
  • food
  • drinks (including water bottles)

Book an appointment

You can visit the archives without an appointment but we recommend booking an appointment 2 working days in advance to avoid disappointment and waiting times.

To book a session, email us with the date(s) you would like to visit. We will reply to confirm your place.

email: [email protected]

Pre-order documents

You can pre-order certain documents with us up to 2 working days before your planned visit.

You can pre-order up to:

  • 10 documents for weekday visits
  • 8 documents on Saturdays (we're open the first Saturday of every month only)

You're also able to order an additional 3 documents on the day depending how busy it is and this may include a wait time.

There are some documents which might be too large or too fragile for us to produce without advanced notice.

Reader's Tickets

From 1 January 2024 customers visiting the Archives will require a valid Buckinghamshire Library card in order to sign in to our Searchroom.

If you already have a library card then just bring it with you for your visit. If you do not already have a valid card then we can issue you with one when you arrive.

To obtain a card you will need to provide proof of your name and current address.

Acceptable proof includes a driving licence, or a combination of items such as a bank card and bill.

You do not need to be a Buckinghamshire resident to obtain a card via the Archives.

Contact Buckinghamshire Archives

Contact Buckinghamshire Archives.

By phone

Telephone: 01296 382 587


Contact Buckinghamshire Archives using our online contact form.

Email: [email protected]

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