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Christmas / New Year Operating Hours: The reading room will be closed on Thursday 24 Dec 2015 through to Saturday 2 Jan 2016 and re-open Monday 4 Jan 2016.
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Find out where our reading room is, how to book a group visit and pre-order records

Western Sydney Records Centre - Get directions »
143 O'Connell Street, Kingswood
Open: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat 10am-4pm       Closed: Sun & Public Holidays

Parking available. There is a readers' lounge equipped with a fridge and a microwave as well as complimentary tea and coffee (there are no shops nearby).

State Records City Office hosts the Government Recordkeeping Unit and records management training.

Group visits to the reading rooms

Groups are very welcome to visit the reading room. To assist with planning we ask that groups contact us one month in advance of the visit us in the Group Booking Form. This is particularly important on Saturdays when the reading room is staffed at minimum levels.

A group booking can be used for five (5) or more people »

We suggest that you also read our 'Getting Started' page which provides useful information and other links about visiting the reading room. Short tours of the Western Sydney Records Centre (WSRC) can also be presented to groups of five or more people (weekdays only). Book a tour when you book your visit.

Current group bookings

We have groups booked to visit the Western Sydney Reading Room on:

Monday 27 July 2015
Monday 3 August 2015
Wednesday 26 August 2015
Wednesday 16 September 2015
Thursday 15 October 2015
Saturday 24 October 2015
Friday 30 October 2015
Thursday 12 November 2015

Take advantage of the pre-order service

To make the most of your group visit to the WSRC we suggest that you use our pre-order service. Each group member can order up to four items in advance using the online pre-order form. Pre-orders save you time as you can begin your research as soon as you arrive.

Copy service

We may be unable to provide same-day copy service for photocopies ordered in the reading room. If copy orders cannot be completed on the same day, we will make arrangements for the copies to be posted or collected. See our Guarantee of Service.

Talks and Seminars

Keep in mind that the reading room does get busy on days when a talk is scheduled in our Activities Program.

We offer introductory talks about the operations of State Records and the records in our collection for family and local history groups, Indigenous groups, school and TAFE and university students. It may be possible to also arrange a tour of the facilities at Western Sydney during the week as part of the introductory talk. These introductory talks and tours are provided at no cost to the group.

We also participate in external activities with other organisations, such as family history societies, including seminar presentations, information stalls and talks. Our topics include:

  • Archives Resources Kit
  • Convicts
  • Colonial Settlers
  • Family history
  • Land records
  • Law and disorder (Crimes and criminals)
  • Local history
  • Probate and deceased estate records
Research tips
Apply for a reader's ticket
Required for viewing original (uncopied) material). See more»
Digital cameras and self-service copiers
Save money on photocopying and photograph the records using your digital camera, or one of ours. Copy microformed records onto a USB stick. See more »
Pre-order records
Make the most of your research time and request records in advance.
See more »
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