Due to the COVID-19 restrictions currently in place, YPRL branches will only open for contactless Click & Collect services until restrictions ease.
Services will open a little later than normal on Monday – Friday, at 9.30am, and close a little later, at 7.00pm, Monday – Thursday (with Whittlesea and Diamond Valley to close earlier on some days).
Unfortunately the Outreach Vehicle will not be operating throughout the lockdown.
The Mobile Library will offer contactless Click & Collect service from 10.00am to 4.00pm, Monday - Friday, from various locations.
Our 24/7 return chutes will remain open and all holds and item due dates have been extended until after restrictions end and users may continue to place holds on the collection.
Tell Your Story
"Studying our past and telling our stories is critical to our sense of belonging, to our communities and to our shared future. History shapes our identities, engages us as citizens, creates inclusive communities, is part of our economic well-being, teaches us to think critically and creatively, inspires leaders and is the foundation of our future generations. We believe in the value of history!"
Value of History Statement adopted by The History Councils of New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia, July 2019
Interested in researching your family history?
Get Started today!
Remember to start with yourself and work backwards.
Follow the unusual name, the line with the most stories, or the elderly relative with the information you cannot find in official records.
Identify your heritage photos.
Carry out as much research as possible in Australia, before you "go" overseas.
Historical birth, marriage and death certificates will help you confirm family stories and grow your family tree.
Keep organised with a free software program to record all your research and start an online tree or a blog.
There is nothing like a bit of cousin bait to start collaborating with long lost relatives. Aim to share your research with others.
For a limited time, you can now use your YPRL membership to access the Ancestry Library Edition from home. Log in first with your Borrower ID or username and Password.
Ancestry® is the world's leading resource for online family history and genealogy among the genealogy giants along with the free website FamilySearch.
Get started by choosing the Search link, then the Card Catalog to search record collections specifically related to your research. You can filter your search by category, location and dates. You can also sort the catalogue by Database title, date added, date updated, and record count. It is always worth a look as new content is added regularly.
Don't know where to start?
Review what you know or what you want to confirm and try these popular record sets:
Australia. Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980
Australia and New Zealand. Find A Grave Index, 1800s - current
Australia. Birth, marriage and death indexes (separate collections, various time frames)