Visiting Us

On your first visit to the Archives and Local Studies we ask you to register as a user and follow some brief guidelines in order to explore the many records we look after.

This is to help us keep the unique documents secure and safe. We ask that you bring along two forms of identification, one of which must include your name and address: a driving licence, passport, bank card, council tax or other bill, for example. We will then issue you with a membership card which is valid for three years. If you do not have the correct identification on your first visit you can still enter as a 'guest' for the day.

Customers are encouraged to book in advance to view documents and use resources by emailing or telephoning 01226 773950 (during opening hours). Booking is recommended for accessing microform resources and the digital version of the Barnsley Chronicle. 

We hope that you will enjoy your visit and find out something new about the Barnsley borough.

Opening hours 

Monday Closed

Tuesday 9:30am-12.45pm & 1.30pm-6pm*

Wednesday 9:30am-12.45pm & 1.30pm-4:30pm

Thursday 9:30am-12.45pm & 1.30pm-4:30pm

Friday Closed

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed

*Please note: if arriving after 5pm on Tuesdays you may need to press the door buzzer and wait for entry into the Town Hall.

Contact information

T: 01226 773950 (during opening hours)




We have a 360 virtual tour of Archives & Local Studies available to view.


Visual guide to finding Archives and Local Studies in Barnsley Town Hall