Viewing documents at The Core

We always aim to do our best to help with any queries relating to local history in connection with places in the Solihull Borough or former Rural District, but please book in advance of visiting The Core Library, if you need to view any books, photos, maps or archive documents.

This means we can ensure that you don’t have a wasted journey and that there is someone available to help you.

Please contact us by phone (0121 704 6977) or email ( in the first instance to let us know what you are looking to find out or what documents you want to view. If it’s more convenient for you, we may be able to supply copies free of charge by email, copyright permitting of course.

If you’re looking for something in particular, it’s worth checking the main library catalogue for any published books as well our heritage catalogue for any archive collections or local studies documents. You can then let us know exactly what you want to view.

If you do visit us without having an appointment, we can’t guarantee that you will be able to view documents or be able to talk to a member of staff who has the specialist knowledge to best be able to help.

One of the post-Covid changes is that we are now able to offer video calls so, if it’s more convenient for you to arrange a videoconferencing appointment to speak to us, please get in touch.

We also have a document camera so, depending on what you want to view, we may be able to connect via Zoom and show you the documents without your having to visit the library in person. If this would be helpful and you’d like further information, please let us know.

If you have any queries about the history of the local area, or are stuck with your family history research (this doesn’t have to be Solihull-related) please let us know and we’ll do our best to help.

Library Specialist: Heritage & Local Studies

tel.: 0121 704 6977

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