Local history

Local history

History of our city

Specific local history collections are kept at the Glebe, Kings Cross, Newtown, Surry Hills and Waterloo libraries. As well as books, the collections feature clippings and other materials relating to the colourful residents, notable buildings and defining moments of each area. Items in these collections are not available for loan.

Books on the general history of Sydney are available for loan from all library branches.

We also have a Koori collection which includes historical (and recent) books relating to Sydney's original inhabitants (the Eora people) and the custodians of their land.

If you have a question about the local history collection, contact the library branch directly or email your questions to the library network. Please note we cannot help you undertake lengthy or ongoing research, answer questions about family history research or complete student assignments. You may also wish to contact the City's archives department with your local history enquiries.

Other resources

The City of Sydney Archives preserves valuable council records and makes them available to the public for research purposes. It maintains the Sydney Reference Collection of published and unpublished material relating to the City. Historic images, plans, assessment books and a range of other materials are also available.

The Sydney City Scope folder in the library's online catalogue contains details on every property in Central Sydney.

The Sydney Morning Herald archives from 1831 until 1997 can be accessed for free using microfilm at the Customs House Library. Access to the online edition of the Herald's archives is available for free at all of our branches.


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Last updated: Wednesday, 7 November 2012