Thomastown and Whittlesea Libraries are now only open for Click & Collect services. Please see location pages for opening hours.
All our other branches now close by 7.00pm Monday – Thursday. Please be aware that further changes to opening hours may occur at short notice.
Masks are mandatory in the library for anyone over the age of 8, unless an exemption applies.
Anyone over 18 entering a YPRL branch will also need to show proof of double vaccination.
Density limits apply.
Please note that all branches and services will be closed on Wednesday 26 January 2022 for the Australia Day public holiday.
Local and Family History
Fostering a sense of belonging
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.
- Value of History Statement
YPRL provides programs and pathways to enable people to connect with the past, including:
Family History groups, where individuals connect to learn and share their stories.
Family History Month, a region-wide program during August dedicated to inspiring and supporting the research and sharing of family stories.
Genealogy Help sessions, where individuals can book one-on-one appointments with an experienced family historian.
Local History Month, a region-wide program during October dedicated to inspiring and supporting the research, and sharing of, local history.
Ask a Librarian service:Contact us with a specific research query or look up from our local history collections.