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

Barrow Main Library, Ramsden Square, two winged old limestone building.
Barrow Borough Council does not hold local records and so cannot help with Family History enquiries.
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.

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.
Local Societies Catalogue:  Created in accordance with the Data Protection Act, the catalogue lists Cumbrian societies and organisations. A wide range of listings for organisations including: support groups, social clubs, sports, as well as hobbies activity groups such as photography, singing, dancing etc.

Libraries in this area

Libraries and Addresses
Askam Library,
Lord Street,
Askam In Furness,
LA16 7AQ.

Tel: (01229) 462869.
Fax: (01229) 462869.
Barrow Island Library,
19 Ramsden Dock Road,
Barrow Island,
Barrow In Furness,

Tel: (01229) 894380.
Fax: (01229) 894380.
Barrow in Furness Library,
Ramsden Square,
Barrow In Furness,
LA14 1LL.

Tel: (01229) 894370.
Fax: (01229) 894371.
Dalton in Furness Library,
Nelson Street,
Dalton In Furness,
LA15 8AF.

Tel: (01229) 897921.
Fax: (01229) 897921.
Ormsgill Library,
Barrow In Furness,
LA14 4AY.
Tel: (01229) 894382.
Fax: (01229) 894382.
Roose Library,
Roose Road,
Barrow In Furness,
LA13 9RJ.

Tel: (01229) 894384.
Fax: (01229) 894385.
Walney Library,
Central Drive,
Walney Island,
Barrow In Furness,
LA14 3HY.
Tel: (01229) 471742.
Fax: (01229) 471742.

Barrow's Main Record Office

Cumbria Record Office and Local Studies Library
140 Duke Street
Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria
LA14 1XW
Tel: 01229 894377
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.


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