Trove unveils its next chapter

Media release - 26 June 2020

Trove, Australia’s online treasure chest of cultural and historical wonders, turned the page to its next chapter today.

‘Trove brings together voices and stories from every corner of the country and provides free access to those resources - to everyone, wherever they are. With a new design and improved search options the updated Trove provides easier access to knowledge for everyone,’ said Dr Marie-Louise Ayres, Director-General of the National Library of Australia.

‘The global COVID-19 pandemic has brought the way we access information into sharp focus. Trove has proven to be invaluable to its visitors now more than ever, providing trusted information and welcome diversion during a moment in history when it’s never been more important to have insights and discovery at your fingertips,’ said Dr Ayres.

‘We are delighted with the announcement by the Federal Government today that it will provide an additional $8 million in funding over the next two years to support the ongoing development of Trove,’ said Dr Ayres.

This new stage of Trove is the culmination of a four-year modernisation and digitisation project led by the National Library of Australia and supported with $16 million over four years by the Australian Government. Millions of pages of content have also been added to Trove as part of this project.

‘The Federal Government is proud to support Trove, which is a critical national resource preserving our culture for all to access and explore,’ said Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP.

‘The National Library and its partner network are to be commended on maintaining, building and contributing to an accessible and free online resource of such cultural and historical significance for all Australians,’ said Minister Fletcher.

Created in consultation with over 3,000 Australians, the new-look Trove is accessible and user-friendly, featuring a modern and intuitive design that makes it easier to explore, find and share stories about Australia. New measures have been taken to improve the cultural safety of Trove for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Whether people have a cultural curiosity, a passion for history or a special research project to delve into, the billions of treasures in Trove can be accessed for free, by anyone, anytime, anywhere. 

Be part of Trove’s next chapter, today – search and explore collective wonder. 

About Trove 

Trove is Australia’s online culture and research portal. Bringing together content from the National Library of Australia, State and Territory libraries, and hundreds of other libraries, cultural and research institutions around Australia, it provides a single point of entry to a treasure trove of national voices and stories.

Offering free access to approximately 6.5 billion records from Australia’s recent and distant past, Trove welcomes over 68,000 users from across the nation and around the world each day. For example, Trove includes 1,514 digitised newspaper titles, digital copies of Banjo Paterson’s original manuscript of Waltzing Matilda, an architect's model of the Sydney Opera House, the voice of Lionel Rose, radio stories from the ABC chronicling the first mentions of that marvellous new invention wi-fi, and former Prime Minister John Howard’s wood-panelled 1998 website.

Trove is a useful resource for anyone with a hobby, passion, or research project; and is also a valuable source of information for the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) and Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities.

The new chapter of Trove makes the preservation, exploration and discovery of Australia’s history, news and culture even easier to explore.

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Cathie Oats, Media Liaison Manager, National Library of Australia
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