We hold records that tell the story of over 600 years of Dumfries and Galloway's history. These include official records and those of individuals, families, businesses and institutions.

Opening times

Tuesday10am to 1pm2pm to 5pm
Wednesday10am to 1pm2pm to 6.30pm
Thursday10am to 1pm2pm to 5pm
Friday10am to 1pm2pm to 5pm
Saturday (first in every month)10am to 3pm

Location map

The search room is in the Archives and Local Studies section of the Ewart Library, Catherine Street, Dumfries, DG1 1JB.

Check for records

Find out what records we hold in the Archive using our online catalogue and historical indexes:

We hold three major groups of records:

  • Dumfries and Galloway Council and its predecessors, from 1425 onwards
  • Dumfries and Galloway Health Board and its predecessors, from 1775 onwards
  • Gifts and deposits, from 1418 onwards

Visiting the Archives

Anyone can visit the local archives for free; however there may be a charge for making reproductions of documents.

You don't usually need to make an appointment but, as some records are held in an out store, we would advise that you contact us at least 24 hours before you visit. Let us know about the specific records you want to see.

Our staff will help you to handle the records appropriately, to read difficult handwriting, to interpret the meaning of documents and to place them in their historical context. Pencils and paper are also provided for taking notes.

Research service

Our staff can help you with limited family or other research work. Call 01387 260285 or email libarchive@dumgal.gov.uk to discuss your requirements. For more detailed or extensive work, please contact our researcher by email research@dumgal.gov.uk, who undertakes family and local history research for a fee of £30 per hour.

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Contact Details


Archive Search Room

DG Customer Services Dumfries
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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