Local Studies

The Local Studies Room and Archives is located upstairs in the Old Bowral Town Hall, Bendooley Street, Bowral.

Visit the Local Studies Information Corner - new addition!

The Local Studies Collection aims to document the social and cultural heritage of the Wingecarribee LGA. It includes current and historical information about the natural and built environments.

The collection includes:illuminated text local history

  • Books
  • Historic local newspapers
  • Local magazines and newsletters
  • Photographs
  • Selected Council information

Special collections

The Wingecarribee Authors Collection includes fiction and non-fiction works written by authors, past and present, from our local area. 

The Wingecarribee Public Library Archives Collection includes minute books, rate and valuation books, infectious diseases registers and cemetery registers for the Bowral Municipal Council, Mittagong and Nattai Councils and the Moss Vale and Wingecarribee Councils pre 1982.

Bundanoon Public School Records,1872 to 1961: includes the School's Register of Admissions, Progress and Withdrawals; Visitors Book; Observation Book; Class Roll Books and Punishment Book.

To search for Local Studies resources use the Library's Catalogue. Search by keyword or subject.

To search our Archives Collection use our Wingecarribee Public Library Archive Collection guides.

Visit the Local Studies Collection during Collection opening hours or at other times by appointment.


The Library has a collection of eResources to assist you with your Local Studies research. Access  Local Studies eResources.

Collection opening hours

  Tuesday                         2.00pm-4.00pm
  Thursday                       2.00pm-4.00pm