Hartlepool Borough Council

Reference and Information Library

Welcome to the Reference and Information Service

You can find the Reference and Information Service on the 1st floor of the Central Library on York Road.  

Contact Us

Telephone:  (01429) 242909
Email: infodesk@hartlepool.gov.uk
Address: 1st Floor, Central Library, 124 York Road, Hartlepool, TS26 9DE

We are open 6 days a week

Monday: 10.00am - 6.00pm
Tuesday: 10.00am - 6.00pm
10.00am - 6.00pm
Thursday: 10.00am - 6.00pm
Friday: 10.00am - 6.00pm
10.00am - 2.00pm
Sunday: Closed

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Need help looking for information?  Whether you need the latest bus or train timetable, if you are researching your family history or need help with your homework, we are happy to help you find the answers your questions.

Who uses the Reference Library?

  • People who need information (about anything!)
  • People tracing their family history
  • People interested in local history
  • People who need access to computers and the internet
  • Students of all ages
  • People who are stuck on a crossword clue.

Our services are FREE and CONFIDENTIAL

You don't even need to be a member of the library, unless you want to use the computers.

If you need help, the staff will do everything they can to find the information you need, and you only pay for things like photocopies and computer prints.  We treat all enquiries confidentially. 

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Job Search Skills - Mondays 1pm to 3pm

Includes: CV writing; using the internet and email in job search; interview techniques and general job search skills; opportunity to gain qualifications in either CV writing, on-line basics and/or employability. Sessions hosted by Adult Education. To book an appointment phone the library on 01429 242909. Free of charge.

Family and Local History

For more information about our collections, visit the Family and Local History page »

Tracing Your Ancestors

We hold a weekly drop-in session to help you with researching your family tree. It is every Wednesday morning from 10.00am to 12.00noon and is free of charge. Contact the Reference Library on (01429) 242909 or email infodesk@hartlepool.gov.uk , or just come along. 

You can also research your family history with websites 'Ancestry.com' and 'Find My Past', available from our computers in your local library.

Online Reference Library

You do not need to visit the library to find help with your research or study.  We have a number of online information resources that you can access from home, with your library card.

Information resources you can find in the Online Reference Library include:
  • Britannica
  • Oxford English Dictionary
  • Theory Test Pro

Find out what other online reference resources you can access »

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    Hartlepool Borough Library Service

    The Reference Library is located in the Central Library on the 1st floor

    Address: 124 York Road, Hartlepool, TS26 9DE

    Tel: (01429) 242909

    Fax: (01429) 283400

    Email: infodesk@hartlepool.gov.uk

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