About Trove

Trove helps you find and use resources relating to Australia. It’s more than a search engine. Trove brings together content from libraries, museums, archives, repositories and other research and collecting organisations big and small. A list of contributors and partners whose collections are included in Trove can be viewed online.

Trove’s origins can be traced back to a project launched by the National Library of Australia in August 2008. Its aim was to build a portal for all of the Library’s online discovery services, including the Register of Australian Archives and Manuscripts, Picture Australia, Libraries Australia, Music Australia, Australia Dancing, PANDORA web archive, ARROW Discovery Service and the Australian Newspapers Beta service.

Today Trove is transformed, growing far beyond its original purpose and becoming many things to many people: a community, a set of services, an aggregation of metadata, and a growing repository of full text digital resources. Trove is a platform on which new knowledge is being built. It is a collaboration between the National Library, Australia’s State and Territory libraries and hundreds of cultural and research institutions around Australia, working together to create a legacy of Australia’s knowledge for now and into the future.

Best of all, Trove is yours. As you text correct, comment, tag or contribute content you are helping to build a better service for everyone.

Learn more about Trove in the Help Centre.


Trove is an online service created by the National Library of Australia ABN 28 346 858 075 (NLA).
Trove offers free public access to a wide range of information, including historical and contemporary materials. The Terms of Use outline the expected standards of participation in, and use of, Trove.

Trove contains digital reproductions of newspapers, journals, books, maps, personal papers, as well as archived websites and other born-digital content. It also brings together records and digitised content from libraries, museums, galleries, universities, archives, data repositories and other research and collecting organisations around Australia.

Trove also links to other websites when there is a business reason to do so. The links are not endorsements of the content of the websites, or of their policies or products. Some of the content in Trove is being supplied through third-party sources, the NLA does not review, moderate or control access to this material. The material is not legal advice and may not represent the official opinion of the NLA or its partners.

Users are able to access and use Trove, providing content and/or contributions to the content, as well as engage with other users through a forum that includes a messaging service.

Trove is open to the public and the NLA is not able to control, and is not responsible for, the behaviour of users, including with regard to the content provided by users, the contributions to the content provided by users and the engagement of users with other users. The NLA has put in place the Terms of Use, to outline the expected standards of participation in, and use of, Trove.

For further information please consult the Terms of Use, Copyright Statement, Privacy Statement and Privacy Policy.

Cultural sensitivity

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that Trove may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, websites, film, audio recordings or printed material.

Trove users should also be aware that certain words, terms or descriptions contained in Trove 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.

Content disclaimer

Trove contains content that was not produced by the NLA. The NLA is not responsible for such third-party content, including content contributed by other users, and does not necessarily endorse the views expressed in it.

The NLA does not intend to edit, monitor, moderate or screen any content uploaded or made available on Trove, although it reserves the right to do so.

The NLA accepts no liability or responsibility for the content available or accessible on Trove, including the manner in which the content is interpreted or used, or the results of such use.

Requests to change content

The NLA has endorsed the National and State Libraries Australia (NSLA) position statement on requests to take down access to content from our collections.

The NSLA position statement expresses commitment to freedom of expression and universal access to information. It notes that libraries are responding to community expectations for greater access to online collections. It states that NSLA libraries will take down online content or impose other access restrictions only in extraordinary circumstances.

NSLA libraries recognise that there may be occasions when material made available online breaches copyright or other relevant law, or contains information that is culturally sensitive.

If you find material in Trove which you believe infringes your rights, or, for example, contravenes privacy law, is defamatory, or in breach of copyright, you may submit a takedown request.

The NLA will take whatever action it deems appropriate.