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 (from 31 October 2023-31 March 2024)

Monday Closed

Tuesday 10am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-6pm*

Wednesday 10am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-4pm

Thursday 10am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-4pm

Friday 10am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-4pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed

*Please note: if arriving after 5pm on Tuesdays you may need to press the door buzzer 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.