We hold a vast collection including books and pamphlets, newspapers, maps and plans, photographs and postcards, and more! We also have a wide range of family history resources for anyone tracing their ancestry from the local area. If you are interested in using these collections you can visit in person or ask staff to do research on your behalf. You will find further details about this in the Visit Us and Research Service sections below. To help plan your research, you can also access our online Library Catalogue, by clicking the button below.
Using the Service
The Local & Family History Service is situated on the first floor of the AK Bell Library and has a large space available for researchers. You do not need an appointment, but if you are planning to look at a lot of records it would be best to contact us a few days before you visit. This will allow staff to prepare them for you in advance and make best use of your time.
We have desk space for you to work at, and three computers and microfilm readers where you can access a variety of online and family history resources. Or you can relax in one of our comfy chairs while you read!
The Local & Family History resources are covered by copyright law. However, most records can be copied for personal study or educational use, except those which are very fragile or have copyright restrictions. If you require copies for any other purpose, you will need to get permission from the copyright owner. You can make copies using your mobile phone or camera, or you can ask Local & Family History staff to make copies for you. There is a small charge for both services, you will find details in the Fees and Charges section below. If you take your own copies, you must follow our guidelines for self-service photography.
We are always happy to give advice about using our collections. If you have an enquiry, you can contact us by phone, e-mail or post. Please provide as much relevant information as possible, to make best use of our time. Full details are at the bottom of this page.
For enquiries which take longer than half an hour, a research fee of £23.50 per half hour will be charged. We will let you know if your enquiry is likely to incur a charge before we begin your research and will provide an estimate of the likely time and costs. Where enquiries involve reproduction, this will incur an additional cost. Further details about our charges are given in the Fees and Charges section below.
Fees and Charges
Access to the Local & Family History Service is free, but there are charges for making copies of records and for staff-facilitated research over 30 minutes.
Self Service Photography
Researchers may photograph documents using their own cameras or mobile phones, subject to the condition of the records and copyright regulations. For the safety of the records, hand-held scanners and cameras with detachable lenses are not permitted. Self-service Photography Licences can be purchased at the following costs:
1 Image – £1.50
1 Day – £12.00
1 Week – £24.00
1 Month – £48.00
1 Year – £125.00
Copying Undertaken by Staff
High Resolution images are digitised at 300dpi for documents and 600 dpi for photographs and illustrations. Low Resolution images are digitised at 72 dpi. Where digital images already exist, customers will be charged the ‘supply’ cost only; where no digital image exists, customers will be charged the ‘new photography’ and ‘supply’ charges. Images for publication will also incur a Licence Fee, please see our Publishing Guidelines and CPK fees and charges for more details.
New High Resolution photography (up to A3) – £25 per item
New Low Resolution photography (up to A3) – £5 per item
New Photography (over A3) – Price on application and subject to the condition of the original item.
Supply of High Resolution digital image – £45 per image
Supply of Low Resolution digital image – £2.50 per image
Local History Hubs
We are developing local history hubs at our Community Libraries in Crieff (Strathearn), Kinross (Loch Leven), Aberfeldy (Breadalbane), as well as Blairgowrie Library.
Family History Resources
We hold a wide range of family history resources for Perth & Kinross, neighbouring counties/regions, as well as some information from further afield in Scotland.
Books and Pamphlets
The Local and Family History service has a vast book and pamphlet collection. It is constantly being added to from donations and purchases.
The Local & Family History Department holds a large collection of over 50 local newspapers, dating from 1809 to the present day.
We hold around 3,000 maps and plans. These include Ordnance Survey maps of various dates and scale, historic county maps, road, railway and estate maps, town plans, and archaeological, geological and soil survey maps.
Photographs and Postcards
The Local & Family History department holds around 13,000 postcards, photographs, slides, negatives and glass negatives of people and places across Perth and Kinross, dating back to the mid-19th century
A number of special collections have been donated to the library service over the years and are now housed in the Local & Family History Service. These cover a range of subjects including music, theology, natural history, Jacobite history and the Gaelic language.