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Local Studies


Opening Hours

Local Studies Department is based at Aberdeenshire Libraries Headquarters in Oldmeldrum and is open to the public, by appointment, during the following times.

Monday-Friday 9.00-5.00pm


For enquiries, which are undertaken by Local Studies Department staff, the first half-hour of research will be carried out without a charge for staff time. Thereafter an hourly charge will be incurred.

You can use our online enquiry form to make an enquiry or contact us by phone, email or in writing

There will also be a charge for any materials photocopied (subject to copyright regulations)and postage if required.

Main Collections

Books on local subjects and by local authors:

  • bibliographies
  • histories
  • directories
  • family histories
  • fiction
  • drama
  • top of page poetry

Family history resources

A variety of resources to help with family history searches are available from our libraries.

Local newspapers

Aberdeenshire Libraries has an archive of all local newspapers currently published, both bound and microfilmed and an extensive historical archive of local newspapers. Where possible the archives of the newspaper are made available on microfilm at the nearest relevant library. The Fraserburgh Herald from 1884 to 1920 is available online


  • Ordnance Survey (6” and 25” to the mile)
  • Maps from late 19th century onwards
  • Ordnance Survey 1st edition (c 1870s) and 2nd edition (c1902) on CD-Rom
  • Maps are also available to view online from the National Library of Scotland

Special collections


Local Studies Department
Aberdeenshire Libraries
Meldrum Meg Way (map)
AB51 0GN
Online Enquiry Form
Tel: 01651 871219
Email: local.studies@aberdeenshire.gov.uk