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Local Studies Scotland (LocScot) is an organisation devoted to the care and dissemination of local and family history material in Scotland. Most of our members are librarians who work in the front line of local studies, but we also have academics, experts and interested folk and organisations from the history and heritage sector.

We are the Scottish sub-group of the CILIP Local Studies Group.

More about us

  • Locscot runs and helps to organise various events throughout the year
  • Locscot represents Local Studies interests in a wide variety of Scottish cultural and historical forums
  • Locscot sets guidelines for local studies provision in libraries
  • Locscot produces a twice yearly journal
  • Locscot provides advice to the Scottish Screen Archive on selections of film for conservation as part of their Heritage Lottery funded programme
  • Locscot is represented on the Newsplan Scotland Committee and the Scottish Local History Forum
  • Join in discussion and keep up to date on the LocScot JISCmail list – LIS-LOCSCOT@JISCMAIL.AC.UK

How to join Locscot

  • CILIP members – to add as a new group, or switch groups, contact CILIP membership. Tel: 020 7255 0602   email:
  • Affiliate membership – contact us with your details using our online form


The LocScot blog can be found at



Nicola Cowmeadow, Local History Officer, Perth and Kinross Council, A.K. Bell Library, York Place, Perth, PH2 8EP

Tel : 01738 477062   email :


David Catto, Local Studies Librarian, Aberdeenshire Libraries, Meldrum Meg Way, The Meadows Industrial Estate, Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire AB51 0GN

Tel : 01651 871220   Fax : 01651 872142  e-mail :


David Smith, Information & Local Studies Officer, Information & Archives, East Dunbartonshire Libraries, The William Patrick Library, 2 West High Street, Kirkintilloch G66 1AD

Tel : 0141 7773142   e-mail :

Other Committee members

Ken Bogle, Local Studies Officer and Archivist, Local Studies Library, Midlothian Library HQ, 2 Clerk Street, Loanhead, EH20 9DR

Tel : 0131 271 3976   Fax : 0131 440 4635   e-mail :

Alison Burgess, Local Studies Officer, Dumfries and Galloway Libraries, Information and Archives, Ewart Library, Catherine Street, Dumfries DG1 1JB

Tel: 01387 253820   [Also 01387 269254 (Archives Centre)]   email:

Colin Duncan, Information Services Librarian, Inverclyde Libraries, Library HQ, Clyde Square, Greenock  PA15 1NA

Tel: 01475 712348   e-mail:

Trish Grant, Principal Librarian, Family History and Local History. The Mitchell Library, North St, Glasgow G3 7DN.

Tel : 0141 287 2847  e-mail :

Fiona Myles, Library Development Officer – Central Library Manager, Central Library, 7-9 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EG

Tel : 0131 242 8059    e-mail :

David Oswald, Local Studies Librarian, Library and Information Services, Aberdeen Central Library,  Rosemount Viaduct,  Aberdeen. AB25 1GW

Tel : 01224 652534      e-mail :