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Local history and heritage

Linlithgow High Street  

The Local History Library has moved into Linlithgow branch library for six months or so while County Buildings is being converted into a Partnership Centre.  


The new address is:

West Lothian Local History Library
Linlithgow Library
The Vennel
West Lothian
EH49 7EX.
Tel 01506 282491




Find out the rich heritage of your local area in the West Lothian Local History Library.  The Library holds a huge range of books, maps and images about West Lothian's places and people. 


More than just history - find out what's on offer at the West Lothian Local History Library:

  • Photographs - 11,000 photos - some online at (new window)
  • Maps - c.1,100 maps.  Search for them in the main library catalogue
  • Newspapers - sarch the local newspaper index
  • Books - some 10,000 books - search them in the main library catalogue
  • Family history resources - censuses, OPRs, MIs, etc.
  • Valuation and Voters' Rolls, 1855 -
  • DVDs and CDs of gala days and other films of local interest
  • Local publications for sale

In addition the Local History Library offers:

  • Exhibitions on local history
  • Schools' packs for each town and village
  • Talks on local history
  • Local History events
  • Local history publications for sale

Family History

Who do you think you are?  If you've ever wondered about your family history, then make a start now.  Dig up your family history and explore your roots.  Whether you're just starting out or moving on, the Library can help:

  • Family history resources
  • Advice and help
  • Family history workshops led by the West Lothian Family History Society

Vist the West Lothian Local History Library, see the full range of resources and get friendly expert help with your local history and family history research.  Or phone or email the library with your specific enquiry. (Tel. 01506 282491

Explore your heritage, re-discover your history, bring the past to life.


West Lothian Local History Library -  collecting, preserving, organising and promoting West Lothian's heritage.



updated 23/09/13

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