Local archives

The council keeps archives of local interest. Materials are often donated, bequeathed or loaned by local residents and historians.

Our resources

You can check the online archive catalogue to identify the records available through our archives.

Visit the archives

Anyone can visit the archive search room and local studies area at the Ewart Library in Dumfries. It is free to visit and there is usually no need to make an appointment.

Opening times for the archive search room

Tuesday10.00am - 1.00pm, 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Wednesday 10.00am - 1.00pm, 2.00pm - 7.00pm
Thursday10.00am - 1.00pm, 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Friday10.00am - 1.00pm, 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Saturday10.00am - 1.00pm, 2.00pm - 4.00pm (First Saturday in month only)

Opening times for the local studies area

Monday:8.00am - 4.00pm
Tuesday:9.00am - 5.00pm
Wednesday:9.00am - 7.00pm
Thursday:9.00am - 7.00pm
Friday:9.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday:10.00am - 4.00pm

Need help with your research?

Our qualified and experienced staff can help you with family or other research work using our resources. Call 01387 260285 or email libarchive@dumgal.gov.uk to receive a no obligation assessment of what research could be undertaken and a quote for this work. The hourly rate is £21 per hour excluding VAT.

Other research resources

There are a number of organisations that can help with research:

Related Information

Contact Details


DG Customer Services Archive Centre

Archives Research Room
Ewart Library
Catherine Street

Tel: 01387 260285
Fax: 01387 260294
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External Links

Contact Dumfries and Galloway Council T: 030 33 33 3000

Council Offices
English Street

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