Local history and heritage in libraries

Want to find out more about the area you live in or perhaps you want to research the history of your house?

Each of our local libraries have small collections of local material. A larger collection of local studies material is available in Central Reference Library, situated on the first floor of Central Library in Stirling.

Just some of the resources available:

Valuation Rolls 

  • Valuation Rolls for the Burgh of Stirling between 1855-1902. For each property they record the name and designation of the proprietor, the tenant, the occupier and the annual rateable value.  

Historical Maps 

  • A collection of maps for the 19th and 20th Centuries including large scale maps for the Stirlingshire area and geological maps. 

Newspaper Index 

  • The Stirling Observer Christmas Annual holds a wealth of information about events throughout the year including weddings and obituaries. Observer Christmas Annual Cover
  • 13 local newspaper titles are available to view on microfilm including Stirling Journal (1820 – 1970) and the Stirling Observer. Various indexes are available to help you find relevant information. The Stirling Observer People Index 1911-1969 is one of the indexes which you can search online.

Local History and Heritage Groups 

  • A number of groups operate in the area, pick up a leaflet in the library.

Online Images 

  • Look at our online gallery of historical postcards. You can send one free to a friend or come into a library and buy a copy.