In response to the coronavirus crisis, Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre remains closed to in-person visitors until further notice.

However, the team are still working and we continue to answer telephone and written enquiries.

Staff are now able to access the building to consult our full collections. We can undertake reasonable research on behalf of customers.

Contact us by email:

Or phone us on: 0207 974 6342 or 0207 974 3860

When you contact us you may if necessary make an appointment to have a fuller telephone discussion with a staff member about your research at a set time.

Also during this period we are offering some online substitutes for our programme of events here.

We will continue to review government advice and will update residents if further changes need to be made.

The Centre

Containing over 200,000 items on the history of the borough, the Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre can help you discover the history of your family, the area you live in, local buildings, and more.

Contact the Local Studies and Archives Centre

Our Catalogue

Search the catalogue of our collections here:

Oil paintings online

You can view our oil paintings collection online

News about our Archive staff

Photo of Kate Brolly and Ruairi O'Reilly at the Age UK Camden office

Regular users of Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre will be familiar with team member, Kate Brolly.

Kate is one of a number of Camden libraries staff who were redeployed to help during the COVID-19 crisis. She worked for Age UK Camden in Hampstead helping provide emergency food parcels to residents unable to leave their homes. Her role included telephoning people to check they had received their food parcels, to see if they had any other needs and to ensure that they knew how to refer themselves for further help in the future. She said it was “very rewarding as we got to hear just how much it meant to them to receive the help”.

This picture shows Kate in her office at Age UK with Ruairi O’Reilly, a colleague from Holborn Library, who was also helping with the food parcel project.