Local Studies & Family History

All the local Libraries within the Shire contain resources that detail the history of the Shire, its suburbs, development and important persons and families. Castle Hill branch has the most comprehensive collection with smaller holdings at Baulkham Hills, Dural and Rouse Hill.

Local Studies resources include books, reports, local newspapers, pamphlet files, aerial photos, maps and street directories. Many of these items are unique, fragile, often out of print and therefore irreplaceable. As a result they can only be used in the Library.

Each branch holds copies of the main items relevant to its area but the main collection is held at Castle Hill. Some duplicate copies may be found in the Lending Collection.


Hills Voices Online

Hills Voices Online captures and makes accessible the stories and voices of people representing various aspects of The Hills Shire’s history and development. It includes not only oral histories but also maps, videos and photos.


The Hills District Historical Society

Holdings of The Hills District Historical Society Inc. are included in the Library Catalogue. Please consult the on-line catalogue or ask staff for assistance. For more information visit The Hills District Historical Society


For in-depth enquiries please contact the library


Access to Ancestry and Find My Past is available to library members at any of our branches.