The Local Studies Collection is found in the Research Room of Penrith Library, 601 High Street Penrith. Opening hours are Monday to Sunday 2pm - 5pm (or by appointment).
The Local Studies collection houses material on the local area (within the boundaries of Penrith City, including limited material covering neighbouring areas). The collection houses books, reports/environmental studies, magazines, newspaper clippings, maps and plans, land records, council rate and valuation records, photographs, manuscripts, personal and family papers, and oral histories.
The Library's Research Services team manages the specialist collections held in the Research Room of the Library. They assist researchers with enquiries relating to the history and development of the City of Penrith, its people and places.
Research Services staff provide assistance either in the Research Room or through personal inquiries by calling
4732 7899 or by emailing
Research Services or contacting information Librarian Lorraine Stacker on
Records in the Research Room can be accessed through the
Library catalogue. An “All Resources” search will search for all material in the room. If an item is held in the Local Collection, the shelf code will be followed by 'Local ....'.
A self-serve photocopier is available in the room during opening hours. Copying restrictions may apply to some Local Studies items - please check with staff on duty in the room if uncertain. The use of a digital camera is permissible.
More local historical information is available on the
Our local studies collection documents the historical development of the City of Penrith. All material is available for use in the Research Room. The collection comprises published and unpublished contemporary and historical research material.
Our family history resources include biographical, genealogical, cemetery, and local government information on local families and pioneers. We actively collect publications and files, and records on local families.
The Technical Library is a collection of support material for Council staff and can be accessed by the general public in the Research Room. This collection reflects the functions of a local government authority with substantial material on environmental, planning and social issues on the local area.
Our collection of support material includes published historical reports and histories. It also houses the Francis James Collection, which contains a wide range of materials relating to the Vietnam War. The collection, purchased in 1993, complements the Library's extensive collection on Southeast Asia history.
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