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Easing of Coronavirus restrictions

Stoke on Trent City Archives

Stoke-on-Trent City Archives
City Central Library
Bethesda Street
Stoke on Trent


As staffing levels in the office are reduced, we would prefer that you contact us by email: stoke.archives@stoke.gov.uk or letter.

Our public telephone line will be open during our opening hours (as shown below) from Wednesday 12 May 2021. However, in preparation for reopening we will listen to any messages left once a day, Monday to Friday and will respond as requested. 

Phone: 01782 238420

Our online catalogue: Gateway to the Past

Opening hours

From Wednesday 12 May 2021 we are operating a phased re-opening. Until further notice our opening hours are:

  • Wednesday 9:30am to 2:00pm
  • Thursday 9:30am to 2:00pm (from Thursday 10 June 2021)
  • Friday 9:30am to 2:00pm

Please see the Coronavirus update page for further information.

Bank holiday closures


Please email us to make an appointment (see email address above).

While social distancing measures are in place the number of research spaces in our reading room is significantly reduced, so reservations are compulsory. Please avoid visiting the office if you do not have an appointment.

Further details of reader registration, social distancing and hygiene measures are available through our planning a visit page.

Restrictions to archive and local studies and pottery library material production

All archive, local studies and pottery library material(including microfilm and microfiche) must be ordered in advance. Please email our public services team to discuss your requirements. You may also find our online catalogue Gateway to the Past helpful.

Until further notice, all items require one weeks’ notice for production in our reading room.

These restrictions will be reviewed regularly.

Access and facilities

Parking arrangements

There is no public car park at the city central library. View more about car parking on the city council website.

Disabled badge holders may park for 3 hours without charge in on-street car parking bays and all day in off-street car parks.

Public transport

Stoke on Trent rail station is about 1.5 miles from the city central library. All buses from the stop directly outside the rail station serve Hanley city centre.


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