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What's on in libraries

Family history help

  • Free to attend
  • Suitable for adults (16+)
  • Open to everyone

Held weekly



Held monthly


  • Central Library - every four weeks on a Saturday from 10.30am - 12.00pm. Dates for 2018: Saturday 5 May, Saturday 2 June, Saturday 30 June, Saturday 28 July, Saturday 25 August, Saturday 22 September, Saturday 20 October, Saturday 17 November, Saturday 15 December.

Further links

Ancestry Library Edition


This e-resource is only available using a library computer.

Ancestry Library Edition offers free access to the Ancestry website for library members.

The UK collections offer 220 million records of census data for England, Wales, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and Scotland, with records in births and baptisms, marriages, death and burials and Poor Law records for London.

Times Digital Archive 1785-2009


This e-resource is only available using a library computer.

Times Digital Archive 1785-2009 offers free access to the Times newspaper archive for library members.

Herbert Art Gallery and Museum | Coventry Archives and Research Centre


The Coventry Archives and Research Centre (formerly the History Centre) is based at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum. It is a treasure trove of information on the history of Coventry and its citizens from medieval times to the present day.

Coventry City Council | Family history


The local history and heritage pages of the Council's website provide useful information about the History Centre (see above) and where you can obtain records in Coventry.

Coventry City Council | Online library catalogue


You must be a library member to borrow and reserve items.

The library service has plenty of books available on family history. You can search the online catalogue above for any titles and find out where they are, or place a reserve (reservation fee applicable). If you look through the non-fiction shelves at your local library, family history (or genealogy) books will be under shelfmark classification number 929.1.


* Booking required

† Term time only

‡ Community-led library

Last updated: 2 May 2018

Central Library


Tel: 024 7683 2314

Fax: 024 7622 0465

Central Library
Smithford Way

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