Using an academic library
University libraries hold books, journals and other resources which can provide information that is relevant to almost any local study or heritage project. Many of the books on their shelves are not readily available through the county (public) library service. They also hold journals, government and parliamentary publications, which may not be available at all through a public library. Your nearest university library will probably also subscribe to a wide range of online searchable databases, including some which are useful for local studies.