Everyone is welcome to visit the Archives and use the public search room where records are made available for research.
Access to the Archives is free and wheelchair access is available throughout the public area (including toilets).
We have a dedicated quiet and comfortable area for you to consult records in. Our friendly staff are there to help you find what you are looking for and access to free WiFi is available. When you arrive you will be asked to fill in a visitor registration form.
On arrival staff will ask you to complete a short registration form, where you will be asked for your contact details and areas of interest. By signing this form, you agree to abide by our simple common-sense search procedures.
This also acts as an important security measure to help us protect the records.
Records are accessed by searching through our various catalogues and indexes, this is followed by filling in a document request slip to access the document.
Our friendly staff are always on hand to assist and help with any queries you may have about our procedures or the records – never be afraid to ask!
In order to protect our records from any potential damage, we would ask that you observe our handling guidelines – this helps to minimise any potential damage to the records through mishandling.
For any photocopying requirements, please refer to the below points:
- We are able to provide copies of original records up to size A3 and below, providing the document can withstand the process. If the document is fragile or in copyright, this may not be possible. Please see a member of staff for more information.
- If copies are required from bound volumes, this must be done using a digital camera. Visitors are able to use their camera on their own phone or tablets for a small fee – Please see a member of staff for more information.
Archives in the Community
The Archive service are committed to raising awareness about their work and their role in preserving and making the historical records of the Stirling council area accessible to all.
There are a variety of ways in which archives can be used and to highlight this they offer a number of outreach activities as shown below:
- Talks to local groups and societies.
- Advice on the storage and preservation of records that you care for.
- Workshops on various subjects.
- Work with schools, both teachers and students.
- Exhibitions and displays.
- Archives tours.