Today is   Last update 21-06-2017
Recent Arrivals

You can download a list of recently received material

Call up procedure

Download the instructions for requesting to view material.

Request Slip

You can download the request slip to make an appointment to view any material.

List of Journals

You can download the list of journals currently received by CWAAS.


You can use the University of Cumbria on line catalogue ONESEARCH to search for the CWAAS publications that they hold. Please note thier website is external to this website and not under the control of CWAAS.

The CWAAS Library

CWAAS holds a library of journals, printed books and newsletters dating from the late Nineteenth Century onwards. It covers subject areas including:

  • Local history,
  • Archaeology,
  • Genealogy,
  • Customs and traditions,with special reference to the County of Cumbria.

The CWAAS Library came into being as a result of the Society's practice of exchanging print publications with other similar societies across the UK. This network of exchange continues today. Donations from supporters including Brian Ashmore (Roman history), WK Calvert (Furness) and Claire Fell (prehistoric and other archaeology) further expanded the holdings.

Access arrangements for February 2017 - February 2018

The University of Cumbria currently stores the CWAAS Library at its Brampton Road campus in Carlisle. Between February 2017 - February 2018, CWAAS and the University will work together to conduct an 'access experiment' which will improve access arrangements and monitor usage of the Library.

Lists of newly-arrived material will be posted here in pdf form about the third week of each month, during the period of the experiment.

  • The current list of recent arrivals is available for download in the green panel to the left.
  • A list of the journals which CWAAS currently receives through exchange or subscription is available for download in the yellow panel to the left.

CWAAS members, staff and students at the University of Cumbria, researchers and members of public are invited to consult this material by appointment, in accordance with the call-up procedure. You will be contacted by e-mail when your items are ready for consultation: please check your e-mail before setting off for the library.

  • The call-up procedure can be downloaded from the grey panel to the left.
  • The request slip from the blue panel to the left.

The University of Cumbria catalogue can be accessed on-line through ONESEARCH [External Website]. Recent CWAAS material may not be available on the catalogue: please consult the lists available in the green panel to the left.

Please note that request slips must be sent by post or email to at least three working days in advance of any appointment, and that material will be made available for consultation in the Brampton Road campus library during normal opening hours.

The Archive and Special Collections
Library and Students Services
University of Cumbria
Bowerham Road

Please note that the opening hours for the Brampton Road library do vary, for the latest information please Click Here [External Website]

For more information about the University of Cumbria's Archive and Special Collections, Click Here [External Website]

Archival material & administrative records

CWAAS holds excavation records dating from the 1970s onwards: these are held at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle.

The administrative records for the CWAAS are held in the Carlisle Archive Centre (Reference DSO 1).

The Clare Fell collection is held in the Kendal Archive Centre (Reference WDX 1408. Note: This is a closed collection and prior approval to access is required).


CWAAS is happy to continue receiving donations of relevant books and journals within our areas of interest, namely archaeology, history, and Cumbria. The Society cannot maintain collections outside the purposes outlined in its constitution or justify holding duplicate copies. Donations will be considered on a case-by-case basis, with reference to the Society's Collections Management Policy the University of Cumbria's Collections Management Policy and space constraints at the University of Cumbria.

Please contact Ian Caruana, Honorary Librarian, via the Contact Page.