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Tameside Libraries Information Service

Image - Tameside Libraries Information ServiceTameside Libraries Information Service exists to provide information to anyone, on any subject, and in any form.

There are thousands of items of stock managed by specialist staff, and all enquiries for information are welcome. Smaller quick-reference collections are provided in branch libraries throughout the Borough.

Tameside Libraries Information Service also manages the Health Information Centre: an information service located in Tameside General Hospital for patients and their carers.


Maps ~ Legal Books ~ Tracing People

Online Resources

Tameside Libraries Information Service have added even more online reference resources to their collection. These can be accessed by Library members at home, work, or at their nearest Tameside Library. The latest editions to this growing collection are:

  • ePress via BorrowBox - BorrowBox now provides access to national and regional daily newspaper and magazine titles in addition to eBooks and eMagazines. Browse and read or subscribe to your favourite titles and never miss an issue again. The new ePress feature within BorrowBox means that there is now only one app and one login for all of our free eReading.
  • BFI Replay - The British Film Institute's BFI Replay resource is now available in our libraries giving access to an extensive archive of film and news clips.
  • Visit our online library services page to find out more about all of our online resources


Business Information

Are you looking for Business Information? Whether you’re setting up a new Business, expanding an existing Business, investigating the competition or marketing your Business, Tameside Libraries Information Service can help. We have a wide range of information available to those looking for Business Information. We offer a friendly staff assisted service providing access to both print and online resources to help you with your business enquiry. There are more details on our business information page.

Free Service!  We can offer a free mailing list to Tameside Businesses.
Contact us for more for more information about obtaining your free mailing list.

Ask About Business

Tameside Libraries are part of Ask About Business, a partnership between eleven library authorities in Greater Manchester, Blackpool, and Blackburn with Darwen. Led by Manchester Central Library & Information Service, Ask About Business provides access through libraries to information that supports: 

  • Pre-Start and new businesses
  • Existing business
  • Jobseekers
  • Consumers
  • Inventors
  • Business students

For more information about Ask About Business, contact Tameside Libraries Information Service or visit the Ask About Business website External Link.



Important Information: Maps and the Law

The copying of maps is determined by Copyright law. Notices explaining the rules of copyright are on display in libraries.

Please note we cannot provide map extracts for use with planning applications or for business purposes. If you wish to obtain a map for use with a planning application, you will need to purchase it through an Ordnance Survey agent. The nearest Ordnance Survey agent to Tameside is: Stanfords National Service Centre, Suite 4.4, 53 Fountain Street, Manchester, M2 2AN (Tel: 0845 880 3730 or 0161 233 7001).

Maps online

NB. Please note that older editions of maps covering Tameside are held by Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre


Legal Information

This page is designed to help you to identify the range of legal resources available at Tameside Libraries Information Service. If you need help to use any of our legal resources, don't hesitate to ask; the library staff will be happy to help you find the information you need.

Finding/Tracing a Solicitor


Law Books and Online Resources:

  • Law and Rights - A summary of UK Legislation
  • Stone's Justices Manual - Information about sentencing and criminal proceedings.
  • Tolley's Health and Safety at Work - A guide to workplace and safety issues.
  • UK Legislation - Available online via the Government website.Link to External Website
  • Plus ...general books on the major branches of law.


  • Welfare Benefits Handbook
  • Disability Rights Handbook


Tracing People

At Tameside Libraries Information Service, we may be able to help you if you are trying to trace someone. Please note that if you are trying to trace your family tree, you should contact Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre.

Data Protection

Data Protection legislation prevents Council departments from divulging any personal information which they may hold about Tameside residents, with the sole exception of the electoral register. The electoral register may only be published in the street-by-street format to fulfil its legal purpose.

Business Directories

Another possible avenue, if you are having difficulty tracing an individual, is to consider whether or not they may have business connections. If the person in question is the director, major shareholder or company secretary of a UK or Irish firm, it may be possible for us to find some information about them using our FAME business database.

For further information about the kind of business resources we hold, visit our Business Information page.

Other sources of information - If you are having trouble tracing an individual, there are a few other sources you could try to track them down:

  • Membership of associations - It is worth considering whether any clubs, professional bodies, school/college associations, voluntary groups, businesses, present/previous employers, or trade unions to which the person may belong might have an up-to-date address. Such organisations, while unwilling to divulge personal details, may be prepared to forward correspondence, or notify the person that you were seeking their whereabouts, without compromising the person's privacy.
  • Present resident at last-known address - He or she may have a forwarding address, or may be able to direct you to the estate agent or solicitor who acted for the person sought.
  • Unusual surnames/alternative spellings - Other occurrences in directories or social media of an unusual surname may well be family or relations of the person sought. Also, ensure that you have double checked all possible alternative spellings of the surname you are looking for.

Alternative methods

Private Investigation Agencies - These often advertise in the Yellow Pages. Tameside Libraries Information Service holds Yellow Pages for the whole of the UK.

The Salvation Army Family Tracing Service - This service is solely for use by families of the person sought. Application forms are available from Salvation Army centres, from the headquarters of the Salvation Army's Family Tracing Department, or by visiting the Salvation Army Family Tracing Service Link to External Website. Tel: 0845 634 4747.

Local newspapers - Advertisements in personal columns sometimes produce results, often from people acquainted with the person sought. Some local radio stations broadcast regular programmes which aim to reunite friends who have lost touch.


Opening Hours:

Monday: 8.30am - 5pm
Tuesday: 8.30am - 8pm
Wednesday: 8.30am - 5pm
Thursday: 8.30am - 8pm
Friday: 8.30am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 3pm


Note: Historical information about Tameside is available from the Tameside Local Studies & Archives Unit

Contact information

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0161 342 2031
Tameside Libraries Information Service
Ashton Library
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