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

Local history online resources

You can access the following resources using a library PC or by logging into library Wi-Fi on your phone, tablet or laptop:

Note that 'Find my past' has a limit of 4 users at a time and 'The British Newspaper Archive' has a limit of 2 users at a time.

For historical newspapers published in Australian between 1803 to 1957, visit Trove digitsed newspapers.

Book a library computer

Logo for Ancestry
Logo for Find my Past

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

Talk to a specialist

For questions about local or family history or to make an appointment with a specialist librarian, Ask a librarian.

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