Archives and records
Visiting South Lanarkshire Council Records Centre
The Records Centre has a search room where visitors can look at the archives, although visits are by appointment only. Everyone is welcome to carry out research and we can help you make the most of your visit.
We do not hold all the archives for the South Lanarkshire area so it is worthwhile checking that we hold the information you are looking for before you make an appointment.
The Records Centre is in College Milton Industrial Estate, on the north west of East Kilbride. The Centre is walking distance from Hairmyres train station (about 30 minutes) which is serviced from Glasgow Central station. Bus services run along the Queensway and Stewartfield Way, both within walking distance.
The address is:
South Lanarkshire Council Archives and Records Centre
30 Hawbank Road
The Records Centre is open for appointments Monday to Friday between 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm. We are closed on bank holidays, local holidays and in between Christmas and New Year. Appointments are required so that we can prepare for your visit. Contact the Records Centre to arrange a suitable time.
What you have to bring with you
When you arrive you will be asked to fill out a registration form. Bring along a form of identification, such as a driving licence or student registration card. When consulting archives researchers must comply with the Search Room Regulations. Laptops can be used in the search room.
You can look at our collections pages, or search our catalogues which are available through the Scottish Archive Network. Alternatively, you are welcome to contact the Records Centre by email, letter or telephone for help.
There is no charge for consulting archives in the search room, although charges apply if you ask for copies of records.
Digital images of a selection of the archives held by the service are available via SCRAN. These include:
- pages from the County of Lanark Commissioners of Supply's cess book for 1724-25
- company letterheads from the Burgh of Hamilton collection
- photographs from the East Kilbride Development Corporation archive including shots of the town model, Royal visits, and the Olympia Centre. Requests to re-use these images should be submitted via the SCRAN website.
Copies of all other archives held can be requested directly from the service. Copies will be provided wherever possible, ensuring the archive is not damaged by the process.