Norfolk Library & Information Service - Discover local history & Research Family History

Discover local history

If you are using this time at home to catch up with your historical research, Norfolk Libraries have a range of online resources to help you. From home you can access digitised historic newspapers, including 19th Century British Library Newspapers and The Times Digital Archive (1785 – 1985). You can also use the Gale News and Reference Collection and Oxford Dictionaries, including the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Discover these and more on our website.

The Picture Norfolk website showcases over 20,000 images of local life, chronicling the changing people, places, animals and landscape of Norfolk. We are also continuing to upload episodes to The Norfolk Heritage Centre Podcast, which has talks and interviews on a range of topics relating to Norfolk’s history.

Research your family history

We’re pleased to be able to bring you free access to the genealogical website Findmypast until 30 April. Please note there are a few differences to your usual library acces - you won’t be able to log into your personal Findmypast account using the library subscription and for privacy reasons we ask that you don’t start or update your own family trees on this account. To find out how to log in please email

There is a fair usage policy which means you may access a maximum of 5,000 Records in any calendar month, subject to a maximum of 500 Records in any 24-hour period. 
And don’t forget PressReader too, which you can use to read the “Who Do You Think You Are?” magazine free of charge, for ideas and advice on family history research.


For more on history and heritage, follow the Norfolk Heritage Centre on social media:

Twitter @NorfolkHC
Facebook @NorfolkHeritageCentre
Instagram @ Norfolk_heritage_centre


Parent Organisation
Norfolk County Council