- What we collect
- Preserving our collections
- Building our collections
- Selected Library collections
- Collection statistics
- History of the collection
- Processing and describing our collections
Our opening hours will be changing between Tuesday 24 December 2019 and Wednesday 1 January 2020. All reading rooms will be closed from Christmas Day, reopening on 2 January. But you’ll still be able to visit our Exhibition Galleries, our children’s holiday space, WordPlay, and Bookshop from 9am-5pm (except on Christmas Day). Bookplate café will also be open during this period, but with varied hours. Be sure to check our Summer Opening Hours before you visit.
It is August, National Family History Month, and you have decided to try your luck at researching your family history here at the National Library. To make the most of your visit, you will need not just luck, but preparation.
To assist you in your visit I asked our helpful Family History staff what hints they would give family history researchers visiting the Library to enable them to get the best results.
With their advice, I have prepared the following tips to using our collections and resources. Hopefully they will help you uncover that missing link.
After your successful visit to the Library is over, you may wish to consider what you want to do with the information you have obtained and what you need to do to take your research further. One answer may be to join your local family history society. They provide a wealth of advice and assistance. You can find your closest one by visiting the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations.
You may even wish to publish your research either privately for family members or publicly for broader readership.
Whatever you choose to do, you can be assured that the resources of the National Library of Australia are available to help you, whatever stage you are at in uncovering your family story.