The Local Studies Collection held at Ballymena Library consists of a broad range of materials on or about the history and development of the towns, villages and communities of the North East, extending over most of County Antrim and part of County Londonderry.
The collection aspires to include comprehensive series of books and pamphlets, journals, CD-ROMs, maps, photographs, postcards, local newspapers etc concerning life within this area, past, present and future and about all aspects of the local environment. Local publications are well represented and the collection includes titles by many local authors. Microfilms of the 1901 Census for Counties Antrim and Londonderry and minutes of the Boards of Guardians for some locations are also to be found in addition to some school rolls for the local area.
The strength of the collection lies in it's very local nature.
Approximately 15,000 titles, 3,000 maps, 2,000 photographs, 3,200 microfilms.
This collection is catalogued and available on the Libraries NI Catalogue.
Libraries NI have legal ownership of this collection. All enquiries regarding access and permissions should be directed to Libraries NI.