Online Collections

Locating resources in our Local History collection can be done in a number of ways. As well as visiting our Reading Room, you can access a range of online resources to help you locate books, heritage publications, maps and plans, reports, newspaper articles, digitised books and images. Using our specialised databases you can search for material held by the Library as well as other local cultural institutions.


Search for titles, authors or by keyword for material in our Local Studies and Family History collections on our online catalogue.

Digital Collections: Scanned Books

We have digitised a number of books from our Local Studies collection which are now available in full online. Topics include our coal and wine industries, dockyard, and historical overviews of the Newcastle area.

Earthquake Collection

The Newcastle Earthquake Database is a valuable resource which records the events, the response, and the city's renewal following the 1989 earthquake.

Hunter PhotoBank

The Hunter PhotoBank is Newcastle Region Library's digital image database. It contains historical and contemporary images of Newcastle and the Hunter dating from the 19th century.

Hunter Place Names Index

Discover interesting information about the naming of historical locations in Newcastle and the Hunter. Search for your street or your suburb.

Newcastle Collections Online

The Newcastle Collections Online database provides access to a range of digitised materials from the Newcastle City Council's collection: historic maps and plans, documents, digitised books and ephemera.

Newcastle Morning Herald Index 1942 - 1984

The index provides subject access to articles of local significance appearing in the Newcastle Morning Herald from 1944 to 1984.

Links to Heritage Reports

The Newcastle City Wide Heritage Study and other key heritage publications, as well as information about heritage walks, conservation areas and local heritage places can be found on the Newcastle City Council website.

Online Resources

There is an ever increasing number of resources available online, here we have selected some of our favourite authoritative online sources of information.