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If you work with local studies materials in libraries or archives, then our group will be of interest to you.  We produce an annual journal and regular newsletters with articles of interest to the the library, information and knowledge community, whilst our regional sub-groups organise events at a local level.

For the latest news, have a look at our blog.


For our 25th anniversary in 2002, founder member Ian Maxted wrote Jubilee: a short history of the Local Studies Group, which is published below in the form agreed at a special meeting of the committee on 4 November 2002.

Mission statement

Our mission is to promote excellence in local studies services, to enable members to achieve and maintain the highest professional standards for the public good, and to ensure that our members’ views, concerns and interests are effectively represented.

We believe that local studies collections, and those engaged with the management and delivery of services associated with them, make a significant contribution to fostering and promoting community identity and cohesion, and improving the quality of people’s lives, by preserving and providing equality of access to our diverse local and national written and pictorial heritage.  

It is a core element of public library provision and, as such, it is fundamental to a thriving economy, democracy, culture and civilisation.

We aim to share best practice, facilitate networking and offer continuing professional development.

Contact Us

If you have any queries relating to local studies librarianship and think we'll be able to help, we'd be delighted to hear from you so please get in touch.

Contact details for the Chair, Treasurer and other committee members, including the editors of our journal and newsletter, are available on our Committee page.


Regional groups

The regional sub-groups arrange courses, visits and activities at a local level. Most committee members are practising local studies librarians and they would be happy to hear from you if you want information about local studies in your area. 

Currently, there are sub-groups holding courses and meetings in the areas of the North-west, South, and Scotland.

The Wales sub-group and the Midlands & Anglia sub-group are currently in abeyance.



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