The Local History Collections include over 50,000 historic photo-graphs, books, oral histories, subdivision plans, newspapers from 1955 onwards and more.

Whilst some of the collection is available online, you will need to visit the library to access many of the resources. 

Discover Your Local History

Our local collections include:

  • 50,000 photographs
  • Books and journals
  • Maps, plans and subdivision plans
  • Manly Daily on microfilm from 1955 to present
  • Manly Daily hard copy from 1959 (Manly Library only)
  • Oral histories
  • Clippings and ephemera
  • Sands Sydney Directory
  • Community group archives
  • Council archives:
    • Minute books former Manly Council 1877 to 1960
    • Minute books former Warringah Council 1906-1996
    • Rate assessment books former Warringah Council 1905-1929
    • Electoral rolls
    • Council reports and conservation plans.

Our Local Studies team also have a collection of books available for purchase at Manly, Dee Why and Mona Vale Library. See titles available for purchase here.