Bradford Archive Service Opening Times and Information

Contact us

WYAS Bradford

Margaret McMillan Tower

Prince’s Way



Telephone:  +44 (0)113 535 0152


About the office

In 1974 the City of Bradford Metropolitan Council set up an Archive Department housed in Bradford Central Library. The Department became part of West Yorkshire Archive Service in 1982. 

Opening hours

Due to reduced staffing levels this service will be closed on the following days: 


Tuesday 16th October

Thursday 18th October from 1pm 

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you would like to visit the archives when we re-open please email us on or leave a message on 0113 535 0152 and we will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible

Opening Hours

Monday 9.30am – 5pm

Tuesday 9.30am – 5pm

Thursday 9.30am – 5pm

Our searchroom can be chilly in cold weather. You may like to consider bringing in extra jumpers or cardigans with you when you visit.

Reader registration

We are members of the County Archive Research Network (CARN) readers’ ticket scheme. Please bring your CARN readers’ ticket with you when you visit. If you do not have a ticket please bring official proof of ID which includes your name, address and signature.

A decision has been taken to close the CARN reader ticket system on 30th November 2018. As a member of the scheme WYAS will continue to issue and recognise CARN Reader Tickets up until that date. We will also continue to recognise CARN tickets issued under the current system until they expire. We are currently undertaking a review to consider the way in which we will manage the process of Reader Registration in the future, when a national scheme is no longer available.


Please contact us by telephone 0113 535 0152 or by email prior to planning your visit. Staff will advise you on whether to reserve a table, a computer or a microfiche reader, depending on which records you wish to consult. A small proportion of our collections are held off-site and can take up to 5 working days to be made available to researchers.

Please note that if you would like to view original archive material an appointment is necessary.

Group talks and workshops

A range of talks are available to groups and organisations who would like to find out more about our Archive Service. In our talks we aim to explain the work we do and help to raise public awareness of our collections and expertise. We offer many different talks, details of which and how to book can be found here.


No refreshment facilities are available but some cafes are a short walk away. Toilets are available in the Local Studies Library.

How to find us

WYAS Bradford is based in Bradford Local Studies Library. The entrance is on the side of Margaret McMillan Tower.

Car Parking

Available at Hall Ings. Disabled parking is available off Sharpe Street to the side of the Library.


We are close to Bradford Interchange Railway Station.


We are close to Bradford Interchange Bus and Coach Station.