About Trove

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.

For example if researching images relating to Edmund Barton, our first Prime Minister, results will include descriptions such as people, book, manuscript, map and newspaper articles. A researcher searching for information on Nellie Melba will be presented with a range of results including biographies, pictures, music, newspapers, books etc.

The service works best in Internet Explorer 7+, Firefox 3+ or Safari 4+, at a screen resolution of 1024×768 or higher.

On 19 April 2012 Trove received a Statement of Accessibility from Vision Australia which verifies that Trove meets the level of conformance against the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

Keeping in touch

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More about Trove

If you’re interested in discovering more about Trove such as media releases, presentations that have been made, various papers about Trove and our ‘how to’ screencasts you can visit our More about Trove page.

Marketing materials

For Trove brochures, logos or a Trove search box, check out our marketing materials.

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Project drivers

Trove was designed to:

  • provide a single point of access to the resources of the deep web
  • facilitate access to a significantly greater range of resources from major sources, including selected digitised material freely available online
  • support searching of, and access to, full-text content
  • enhance ease of discovery by providing improved relevance ranking, refinement by facets, grouping of all editions of the same book (this is known as FRBR-like grouping) and exploitation of thesauri
  • engage with communities and individuals through annotation services
  • ensure that relevant information is not missed in a search by reducing the need to search material-specific discovery services separately
  • provide a platform for niche services to query a vast resource of Australian metadata and adapt if for their own needs.

Find out more about the Trove project.


Some of the content in TROVE is being supplied through sources the Library does not control.
The National Library of Australia does not accept responsibility for the content of the data in this system, or accidental or malicious damage that may arise to your local systems, data, software or hardware through accessing this system and its content.

Cultural Sensitivity

Members of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori communities are advised that this catalogue contains names and images of deceased people. All users of the catalogue should also be aware that certain words, terms or descriptions may be culturally sensitive and may be considered inappropriate today, but may have reflected the author’s/creator’s attitude or that of the period in which they were written.