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Local History Library

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.

The Local History Library is based in the County Buildings Annexe at 89-91 High Street, Linlithgow - the old British Linen Bank next door to County Buildings.

Opening hours:

  • Monday - Closed
  • Tues - Fri - 10am - 5pm
  • First Saturday of the month - 9am - 1pm

The local history library will be closed for a stock check on Tuesday, 21st November.

More than just history - find out what's on offer at the West Lothian Local History Library:3 wee girls, West Calder, 1920s
3 wee girls, West Calder, 1920s

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
  • Free access to Ancestry and to Scran, within the library
  • A regularly updated Facebook page, with posts on the history of West Lothian West Lothian Council - Local History Library Facebook page

For Family History information, see the Family History page.

Visit 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. You can also phone or email the library with your specific enquiry


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.