Cumbria Library Service has an excellent online catalogue and also offers access to a range of online resources for its members including Ancestry, British Newspapers and Periodicals,1600-1900, Times Digital Archive etc..

In Barrow and Whitehaven the local studies libraries are colocated as part of the archive centres. 
These contain the following types of materials; County histories (compiled from the 18th century onwards), trade directories (late 18th century to the 1960s), government and local authority publications. Subjects covered are not confined to history but include natural history, planning, social and economic conditions, literature, biography, sport and genealogy. The majority, but not all, of the local studies books, are listed on the online library catalogue 


Carlisle
Cumbria Heritage Services
Carlisle Library
Globe Lane
CARLISLE
Cumbria
CA3 8NX
Enquiries to the Local Studies Specialist
Telephone: 01228 227315
Fax: 01228 607333

Email:
carlisle.library@cumbriacc.gov.uk

Penrith
Penrith Library
St Andrew's Churchyard
Penrith
CA11 7YA
Telephone: 01768 812100
Fax: 01768 242101
Email:
penrith.library@cumbriacc.gov.uk

Workington 
Vulcans Lane

Workington
CA14 4ND

Tel: 01900  706170

Fax: 01900 325181
Email: workington.library@cumbriacc.gov.uk

 
 
Kendal
Cumbria County Library
Kendal Library
Stricklandgate
KENDAL
Cumbria
LA9 4PY
Enquiries to: Local Studies Specialist
Telephone: 01539 713525
Fax: 01539 773544
Email: kendal.library@cumbriacc.gov.uk