Archives and records

Visiting South Lanarkshire Council Archives and Records Centre

The Archives and Records Centre has a search room where visitors are welcome to make an appointment to visit and look at the archives.

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.

Where we are

The Archives and 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. There is free parking at the centre if you are travelling by car.

The address is:

South Lanarkshire Council Archives and Records Centre
30 Hawbank Road
East Kilbride
G74 5EX

Opening times

The Archives and Records Centre is open to visit by appointment only Monday to Wednesday 10am - 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 Archives and Records Centre to arrange a suitable time.

What 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 although there are no wifi facilities.

Other information

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 Archives and Records Centre by email, letter or phone 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.

Archives and records management

Phone: 01355 239193
Email: Archives and records management