There are hundreds of thousands of artifacts and books being held in three different locations in Dumfries.
Dumfries and Galloway Council says it needs 6 kms of shelf space and wants to apply for a lottery grant to find £5 million for a new centre.
Potential new archive and study centre for Dumfries
Six kilometres of shelf space is urgently needed to house hundreds of thousands of documents, some dating back nearly 550 years.
Dumfries has run out of space to hold its huge collection of archive material and the local council wants the people of the town to help secure a £5 million lottery fund to build a new archive and local studies centre.