This is a guide to using maps for family history. It focuses on using the SLV maps collection, and on researching Victorian family history, including immigration to Victoria.
To view maps or place an inquiry contact staff at the Ask a Librarian desk. You can visit in person between 10am-9pm Monday-Thursday and 10am-6pm Friday-Sunday, or phone 8664 7009.
If you haven't identified the particular maps you want to see, staff will ask about your research to help identify the maps that are likely to be most useful for you. Questions that help us to find relevant maps include:
Maps will be delivered to the Heritage Collections Reading Room at a time negotiated with you. Alternatively, if there are online copies of the maps, staff will demonstrate how to view them via our catalogue.
Requested maps are delivered to the Heritage Collections Reading Room (on level 2A).
Most maps cannot be photocopied, but photography is sometimes permitted. Maps on microfiche or aperture card can be printed or saved to a USB drive. If a map is already digitised and is out of copyright, it can be downloaded at no charge. Alternatively, you can use the Library's copying service to purchase a copy of the map, which will be supplied as a digital file.
As of June 15 2020 the Library is open with reduced spaces and services.
Our Ask A Librarian reference service is still available to assist with your research inquiries.