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Libraries & Archives


Cumbria County Council runs the Library and Archive service for Barrow and Furness.

Barrow Main Library, Ramsden Square, two winged old limestone building.

On-line Library Service

Cumbria County Council operate an on-line library service Cumbria Libraries Interactive Catalogue (CLIC) where you can search the Library Catalogue or local societies database.

Libraries Catalogue: If you are a registered user of Cumbria Libraries, you can renew items, check your account and request items online. You'll need your library card number and password.

Getting a Password: Your library number is printed on your library membership card. If you don't already know your password it can be requested in person from your local library. To ensure protection of your personal data the Library Service is only able to take requests for a password in person.

Link to the Cumbria Libraries Interactive Catalogue (CLIC)

Libraries in this area

Link to library locations and opening times on Cumbria CC web site.

Libraries and Addresses
Askam Library
Lord Street
LA16 7AQ

Tel:(01229) 462869
Fax:(01229) 462869
Barrow Island Library Link
Barrow Island CDC,
Island Road
LA14 2SJ

Tel:(01229) 827972
Fax:01229) 831446
Barrow in Furness Library,
Ramsden Square
Barrow In Furness
LA14 1LL

Tel:01229 407370
Fax:01229 831446
Dalton in Furness Library
Nelson Street
Dalton in Furness
LA15 8AF

Tel:(01229) 462627
Fax:(01229) 462627
Ormsgill Library Link,
Ormsgill Nursery and Primary School
Barrow In Furness
LA14 4AR

Tel: School (01229) 830431
Roose Library
Roose Road
Barrow In Furness
LA13 9RJ

Tel:(01229) 811674
Fax:(01229) 811674
Walney Library,
Central Drive
Walney Island
Barrow In Furness
LA14 3HY

Tel:(01229) 471742
Fax:(01229) 471742

Broughton Library Link,
Station Road,
LA20 6HN

Tel:(01229) 407381
Fax:(01229) 831446



Family History and Local Records

Barrow Borough Council does not hold local records and so cannot help with Family History enquiries. Sources of information are:

Barrow's Main Record Office

Barrow Record Office and Local Studies Library
140 Duke Street

Tel:01229 407377
Fax:01229 894364
Sources available at this Record Office include:
  • Church of England Parishes
  • Nonconformist Churches
  • Local Authorities
  • Civil Parishes
  • Businesses and Industries
  • Landed Estates
  • Solicitors
  • Societies.

Furness Family History Society.

Are you looking for an exciting new hobby?

Would you like to get to know your ancestors?

Then join us at our modern and disabled friendly venue, the Education Room, in The Dock Museum, North Road, Barrow, from 7.15pm.

Workshops are held on the Friday following the Monday meeting at 7pm.  These take place from September to April and include our lending library with reference section, books and microfiche.  Help with research problems and computer programs, using our own computers is also available.  Everyone welcome.  

Tel 01229 474541.

Family History Centre

The "Family History Centre" may be of use. The centre is open Wednesdays to Saturdays, 10am to 4pm, and is free to members of the public who wish to find out about or trace their family History. It is located at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Abbey Road, Barrow in Furness (Tel 01229 820050). The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints also operates the Family Search web site giving free access to the 1881 Census as well as other genealogical record indexes.

Other Sources

The FreeBMD web site gives free access to transcribed Civil Registration indexes of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales.

Local History

The area's main museum is the Dock Museum. An on-line Collections database includes many objects that are stored by the Dock Museum.
Local history enquiries, can sometimes be answered by the Dock Museum i.e. archaeology, industry, social history - not Family History), but the main area records, and therefore best source of information, are held at the Records Office run by Cumbria County Council as below:

Also of use may be the King's Own Royal Regiment Museum in Lancaster, that holds substantial archives relating to the Regiment and to many of the men who served with the King's Own - especially during the First and Second World Wars. 

The National Archives web site contains records of the UK Government from Domesday to the present.

Vickers Photographic Archive

The Vickers Photographic Archive is hosted on the Dock Museum web site. The images were taken by professional photographers employed by Barrow Shipyard and span a period of almost a century of work at the Yard from the 1870s until the 1960s.

The Archive was originally developed as a marketing tool and was used to illustrate the process and prowess of shipbuilding in Barrow to prospective clients.

It documents the development of shipbuilding, armament and engineering production by one of the world's leading companies in this field and therefore represents a significant asset to British maritime and industrial heritage.

Cumbria Image Bank

Cumbria Image Bank is a collection of digital images created using original material from Cumbria County Council Libraries and Archives Service, as well as images provided by members of the public.