Heritage Zone

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Temporary Home Access to Ancestry

Library members can access Ancestry Online from home until end December 2020. To do this go to the Library Catalogue Account page and login with your library card. The Ancestry link will then appear, and you can search through thousands of records at home.

Enjoy free online resources www.bournemouth.gov.uk/cyberlibrary

Also if you have a Libraries West membership card (e.g. Poole, Christchurch, Highcliffe, Dorset libraries) look on www.librarieswest.org.uk web pages for more information. 

You can hold membership cards for both Libraries West and Bournemouth Libraries.

Find out about your ancestors and Bournemouth’s history here.

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Learn about local history

Our Heritage Zone is based at the Bournemouth Library. You can research local history, including information about Dorset and Hampshire. You can learn more about our resources by viewing our Collection Guide.

We have research and school services, as well as online resources

Services at the Heritage Zone

Much of the material in the Heritage Zone is for reference only. However, we do have items that you can borrow, including books, DVDs and maps.

Past Mayors of Bournemouth

Bournemouth was granted its Charter by Queen Victoria on 23rd July 1890, and its first election of Councillors was held in November 1890.

If you aren't able to borrow an item you can make a photocopy or scan (subject to copyright). There's a small charge for the photocopier. 

If you're going to do research you can reserve a computer or viewer in advance. You can reserve at the library in person, but there may be a wait.

For more information please call  01202 454844.