Dig Deeper

Harry Bailey Memorial Library in Castle Street

Coffs Harbour City Library has a range of local history resources to help historians, family history researchers and students find out more about the Coffs Harbour region.

Local Studies Collection
Coffs Harbour Library has an extensive collection of Council reports and plans, local history publications, books published by local authors, oral histories and local newspapers on microfilm, such as the Advocate from its beginning in 1907. More information

Picture Coffs Harbour
Picture Coffs Harbour is a joint project of Coffs Harbour City Library and Coffs Harbour Regional Museum, and aims to digitally preserve and improve access to historical pictures significant to the Coffs Harbour region. These pictures are drawn from the Library’s and, in particular, the Museum’s extensive collections. Several thousand pictures are available in an online catalogue. More information

Newspaper Index
The Newspaper Index is a selective index to the Coffs Coast Advocate newspaper. The Library received grant funds from the Library Council of NSW which enabled it to comprehensively index this newspaper from 2003 back to May 1993.  In 2009, more than a thousand additional index records were added for significant feature articles on a broad range of topics, dating back to around 1900. The index records can be searched in an online database. More information

Oral History – The Voice of Time Online
The Voice of Time oral history project is a collection of 150 interviews with descendants of pioneering families and long-time residents of the Coffs Harbour region. The original project was completed in 1988 as an Australian Bicentennial project. It has since been digitised by Coffs Harbour City Library and published in digital format to enable improved preservation and public access. The interviews can be searched in an online catalogue, with links to selected audio tracks. More information

The National Library of Australia’s Trove service provides an excellent online portal for discovering Australian resources, including material related to the Coffs Harbour region. The description from their website states; ‘Trove is a discovery experience focused on Australia and Australians. It supplements what search engines provide. If you are researching in the fields of the social sciences, literature, local or family history, or need inspiration for your school assignment, then this is the tool for you’. Visit Trove

General library resources
Library website: http://libraries.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au
catalogue: https://coffsharbour.spydus.com