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Website Maintenance and Payments Offline

Due to maintenance, our website may be unavailable at times from midnight on Friday 10 July to 6pm on Sunday 12 July. 

Our payment system will be unavailable on Sunday 12 July from 12:30 to 4:30pm. We can't take any payments while we complete this process.

We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause, but we'll have things back up and running normally as soon as possible.

Family History and Newspaper Archives

Study family and local history with our genealogy and historical newspaper resources

  • Ancestry Library Edition - the leading online resource for family history research (normally available only from computers and mobile devices within a West Berkshire library).  PLEASE NOTE: while our libraries are closed during the coronavirus pandemic, West Berkshire Libraries members can access Ancestry via our library catalogue using your library card number and PIN. If you are unsure about how to do this or if you would like any assistance in using Ancestry, please email us: library@westberks.gov.uk.
  • British Newspaper Archive - millions of pages of historical newspapers from the British Library collection. (You will need to create an account on the site itself and you will then have unlimited credits from computers and mobile devices within any West Berkshire library.)