Local Heritage at Stapleford Library


The Local Heritage section at Stapleford Library is located on the First Floor, accessible by stairs or a lift.

An internal view of Stapleford Library showing the Local Studies area

The Collection

Here you will find a range of material relating to Stapleford and the surrounding area, with background material on Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands.

There are resources to help you trace:

  •          History of local places
  •          Recent local developments
  •          Transport
  •          Local industries/businesses
  •          Social history
  •          Family history

The book collection has approximately 1000 volumes including the works of Arthur Mee - originator of the well-known Children’s Encyclopadia and Newspaper.

Some items are only available to be consulted in the library, but wherever possible we offer a loan copy of the title as well. The majority can be searched for on the library catalogue but some are not yet included. 

The Local Studies classification numbers can be used to find books on specific themes e.g. L90.2 Stapleford is the reference for titles concerned with the history of the town in general, but topics such as Pubs or Churches have specific numbers – indexes are available, and staff will be able to help.


Periodicals in the collection include:

  • The Nottinghamshire Historian
  • Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire (history and archaeology)
  • Parish magazines 
  • East Midlands History and Heritage


Coverage of the Stapleford and Sandiacre News from October 1919 to December 1999 is available via the British Newspaper Archive online which can be accessed for free at Stapleford Library,  as well as at other Inspire Libraries and Nottinghamshire Archives.                            

N.B. Not all Nottinghamshire titles are currently included in the British Newspaper Archive, although there may be relevant articles in other titles accessible via this FREE subscription available in Inspire Libraries and at Nottinghamshire Archives.
A list of Nottinghamshire titles in digital format on the British Newspaper Archive can be found here.

Trade Directories

The trade directories, some county-wide, covering the period from around 1800, give contemporary information about Stapleford, including listings of local industries, and prominent people. 


Files have been compiled over many years containing news cuttings, leaflets and uncatalogued information on various themes, including local industries, biographies etc. arranged by theme in a filing cabinet.

The Photograph Collection

The photograph collection includes approx. 200 mounted images , covering the period from the 1850s to the 1980s.
These are arranged by theme in filing cabinets and an index to the classification scheme is available.

Over 25,000 Nottinghamshire images have been digitised and are available on the Inspire Picture Archive.


The free access to Ancestry.co.uk in libraries and at Nottinghamshire Archives is the most convenient way of searching for Census information from 1841-1911.

Parish Registers

From August 2022 the majority of records for Nottinghamshire, including parish registers for Stapleford, are available via Inspire's FREE subscription to Ancestry.co.uk. A full list of those available online is here.

A separate family history collection of some key titles to help with the process of researching family history is also available in general library stock..

For help with specific enquiries please contact Ask Inspire.

Archival Records

Archival records such as wills, diaries, original parish registers, business and personal correspondence etc. are held at NottinghamshireArchives:

County House
Castle Meadow Road
Email: archives@inspireculture.org.uk
Tel: 0115 9581634