Hull History Centre exterior from Worship Street

Select and Collect Service

Borrowing a book from the Local Studies library at the Hull History Centre

Although the local studies library is open for browsing and borrowing books you may still wish to use our Select and Collect service to borrow a book without coming into the library. You can do this by using the Hull Libraries catalogue, or by phoning the History Centre on 01482 317500 (Tuesday to Friday).

For your convenience, the usual library reservation fees have been suspended until further notice. We have extended the lending period to 35 days.

The History Centre will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 10.00am-12.30pm and 2.00pm-4.30pm for collection and return of library books. You can drop in between these times to collect and return your books. We will notify you when your item is ready for collection and advise the date it can be collected either by text, email or phone depending on the data we have.

To protect customers and staff please continue to wear face coverings when in our building. Be Responsible, Be Safe.

Please sanitize your hands at the sanitization stations provided on entering and leaving the building.

To reserve an item through the online catalogue

  1. Visit the Hull Libraries catalogue
  2. Log in with your library ticket details. Input your library card number (the long number under the barcode) and PIN in the boxes at the top right of the catalogue
  3. Search for the item you are looking for
  4. Go into item details
  5. Select the 'Place Hold' link under the image of the book.

To reserve books over the telephone or by email

Ring the History Centre on 01482 317500 (Tuesday to Friday), or email us and ask us to reserve an item for you. We'll need to know your name and your library card number (the long number under the barcode). If you don't have it to hand, we might ask for your name, date of birth and postcode so we can find your library account.

To collect your book(s)

Whether you reserve an item online or over the phone, please do not visit the History Centre until we contact you to advise it is ready for collection. This is because when you order a book a member of staff will check whether the book is available, as it could be out on loan. We will contact you to let you know whether this is the case and to arrange a day for collection. The Select & Collect service will be in operation on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10.00am-12.30pm and 2.00-4.30pm. You can drop by within these times to collect or return your books.

On the day of collection we will issue the book(s) against your library membership, put them into a bag and staple a note to it stating the last 4 digits of your library card and the first two letters of your surname, e.g. 1234WI.

Your books will be ready for collection in the Centre’s arcade and there will be a member of staff on hand to direct you to them. We will try our best to avoid you having to queue but please bear with us if there is a short wait.

Please remember to bring your library card with you to collect your books. We will ask you to read out the last 4 digits of the number on your card and the first two letters of your surname as proof of ID.

Renewing your library book

Books can be renewed by phone or by logging into the library catalogue and going to the My Ticket option.

Returning a library book

Returns can be made on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10.00am-12.30pm and 2.00-4.30pm. The returns box will be available in the arcade for you to place your books in. Please place the book in the returns box. The box will be clearly marked and there will be staff on hand to guide you to it.

Please note that we will be unable to accept orders for books when returning items and if you wish to co-ordinate the collecting and return of books this should be organised ahead of your visit.

Important information

Please continue to use the NHS test and trace service. QR codes are located at the entrance to the building and at the enquiry desk. By using test and trace we are helping to reduce the risk of a local outbreak and protect our staff, visitors and the wider community.