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Historical Research Library

In response to the NSW Government’s staged easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the Parramatta Heritage & Visitor Information Centre is now open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am–3pm. There will be a limit of 20 customers in this facility at any one time. Please follow the guidance of staff when you visit. 

The Research Library will be open to the public for timed visits as well as for pre-arranged appointments. To arrange appointments please phone 8839 3322 or email localstudies@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au.


The Research Library is located within the Parramatta Heritage & Visitor Information Centre, which houses a broad range of research resources specialising in local studies and family history.

The City of Parramatta Council’s Research & Collection Services team provides visitors with access to research resources, archives and cultural collections relating to Parramatta’s Local Government Area.

Archives collection

Council’s Archives collection holds a diverse collection of material ranging from meeting minutes, annual reports, property records, maps, photographs and film footage; with our earliest record dating from 1846.

The Community Archives collection holds records created or gathered by individuals and community groups within the Parramatta Local Government Area. And contains a diverse range of material including administrative records, personal papers, ephemera and images.

Cultural collection

The City of Parramatta cultural collection contains approximately 100,000 objects comprising archaeological artefacts, culturally significant objects, civic and ceremonial gifts and artworks.

The collection of objects, records and knowledge expresses the history and heritage of our City of Parramatta Local Government Area to its community and beyond.

History and heritage website

Please visit the City of Parramatta’s history and heritage website where you can access research resources, explore Council’s archival and cultural collections are submit an online enquiry.