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Local Studies Department

    *LATEST AS OF 22nd October 2020*. Staff in the Local Studies, Genealogy & Archives Department of Kildare Library Service are not in the office due to the level 5 public health guidelines currently in place. They can be contacted by emailing 

    Local Studies Department

    Telephone: 00353 (0) 45 448351 or 00353 (0) 45 448352
    Fax: Currently unavailable.


    Enquiries: Local Studies Librarian, Kildare Library & Arts Service, Athgarvan Road, Newbridge.

    Opening Hours and Facilities

    *Latest as of 22nd October 2020*

    The Local Studies, Genealogy & Archives Department is currently closed to the public due to the Level-5 public health guidelines in operation. Staff are working from home and can be contacted by emailing 

    Photocopying (library materials only), microfilm reading/printing, scanning, digital photographs, microfiche, computer access, power points for laptop/notebook – all upon request and depending on allocation of resources.

    About the Local Studies Department

    The Local Studies Department forms an integral part of the Kildare County Library Arts Service, in partnership with Genealogy and Archives. It is the focal point for local history research in County Kildare for historians and enthusiasts alike. It has a dedicated reading room with modern research facilities.

    The collection includes newspapers from 1763 on microfilm as well as the 1901 and 1911 Census. Many important primary resources have been added to the County Library website to allow researchers greater access to the collection.

    As well as containing an extensive collection of secondary source material the Local Studies Department includes many original sources such as:

    • Griffith’s Valuation,
    • the Ordnance Survey Maps of the county,
    • the Tithe Applotment Books,
    • photographs from the Lawrence Collection,
    • Rentals from the Marquis of Drogheda and Verschoyle Estates,
    • Quaker Manuscripts
    • Newspapers dating from 1763 with extremely good local coverage from 1834
    • 1901 and 1911 Census

    Major Collections

    Online Resources and Research Aids