The collection of materials held within Heritage Services is referred to as the Local Studies Collection. This collection includes books, photographs and some sketches, maps, newsletters, annual reports, oral history interviews, local newspapers, genealogical references, microfiche and microfilm indexes, plus other ephemera which focus on the Midwest area. The Local Studies Collection also boasts an extensive Randolph Stow Collection.
Many of the items in the Local Studies Collection have restricted access. However, the Heritage Services staff are more than happy to assist customer enquiries. The Collection is listed on the Library Catalogue. There is also a separate offline database which indexes the collection available for public access. Many of the collections photographs have also been digitised and can be searched via the Library Catalogue (Tip: Use subject search to enter the term Photographs).
Available for use at any time during Library opening hours are microfilm and microfiche readers, a study area, free internet searching and online access to the popular Ancestry and Find My Past databases.
Assistance from Heritage Services staff is available during the following hours:
• Mondays 1.00-5.00pm
• Tuesdays to Fridays, 9.00am – 5.00pm
For assistance outside these hours, please complete a Heritage Services Enquiry Form. Alternatively, contact staff ahead of your planned visit and they may be able to arrange to have materials put out for you.