The centre has microfilm and microfiche readers, as well as Internet access, for public use. It also has a small study area, where visitors can consult documents.

Church registers, census returns, cemetery records and newspapers are available on microfilm. Various indexes are also available to help your search. Staff will show new users how to use the resources.

Users can obtain copies of records on microfilm, by completing a request form available from the helpdesk or by using the reader-printer. A photocopier is also available in the Centre and all copying is subject to copyright regulations.

Members of staff are always pleased to give any reasonable guidance and assistance to visitors, but are unable to undertake research on their behalf.

Archive materials

Tyne and Wear Archives (TWAS) was set up in 1974, all archives held locally were transferred to their care and since then all archives have gone to TWAS.  Durham County Record Office also holds materials for Sunderland.