Library reopening 29 May 2020

Our libraries are closed. Find out how to borrow or return items.

Working on your family history is a fascinating and rewarding activity. And there is so much that can be done from your own home!

Help from a Librarian

The Boroondara Library Service staff are still here to help you with any questions you have about local and family history. You can still contact us for help on how to access records and resources online, finding information on local history and unravelling family history. Use our Ask a Librarian form for staff assistance. 


Ancestry is the world’s largest online family history resources, providing access to more than 200 billion images in more than 7,000 unique databases. Boroondara Library Service holds a subscription to Ancestry Library Edition, which is usually only available in the libraries. To support users during COVID-19, access is now available at home, via our subscription.

To log ingo to Ancestry Library Edition and enter your membership number and PIN.


FindMyPast is a subscription based family history database that has unique Australian records and partnerships with the British Library and the National Archives (UK).  Boroondara Library Service holds a subscription to FindMyPast, which is usually only available in the libraries. To support users during COVID-19, access is now available at home, via our subscription.  

To gain access, please follow these steps:

  • Email [email protected] or use our Ask a Librarian form.
  • Subject Line: Request to access Find My Past.
  • Provide your Boroondara Library Service membership number.

A librarian will reply to you within business hours with login instructions. 

You can join the library online, anytime, to access all digital collections and resources. 

Local and family history research guides

Whether you’re researching where your family came from, the area where they lived or who else might have lived in your house or street, you'll discover a wide range of library resources to help.

Visit these pages for research advice and recommended reading:

To find historical images of Boroondara, explore our photography collection.

Index cards at Hawthorn Library

Access to restricted material

Some local history material is rare and fragile, which means it can't be replaced if lost or damaged. Use of this material is at the discretion of the Local and Family History Librarian.

You can request access to restricted local history online or in person at one of our libraries. Requests may take several days to process.

Request access to a restricted local history item

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