Reading Room


Working on current advice from the Government, Goldfields Library Corporation and PROV, BRAC is pleased to announce that the Reading Room will be reopened from Wednesday 10 November 2021.


Please make yourself familiar with the detailed processes and requirements below and regularly check this site or our Facebook Page as circumstances can change very quickly.


> Upon entry to the Library, you must check in using the QR or sign-in system and provide
proof of vaccination or exemption to staff


> Bookings are required for the BRAC Reading Room

> All items must be ordered through the old PROV catalogue

> Properly fitted masks must be worn if you are not able to maintain appropriate distance from staff and other patrons

> Cancel your booking if you feel unwell, even if at late notice

The following sessions are available for research:

  • Wednesday 10:00AM to 12:30PM

  • Wednesday 1:30PM to 4:00PM

  • Thursday 10:00AM to 12:30PM

  • Thursday 1:30PM to 4:00PM

From Wednesday 10 November, patron numbers for the Reading Room are uncapped but still limited by seating availability. A number of conditions still apply:


Patrons are still required to book ahead for access to any given session - this is best done via email, outlining your full name, preferred session/s, and if you need access to a power point. While we do our best to accommodate all patrons, if we have reached capacity you may not be able to access the Reading Room for several hours, if at all.


Please be aware that any bookings made after 4PM Thursday will not be seen until the following Wednesday morning.



Items in the Bendigo and Ballarat repositories will not be available through the new PROV catalogue until mid-2022, and must be ordered through the old catalogue. If you have an account, you will need to request a new password and verify your email address. If you don't have an account, directions are here.


* You must ordered your required items (no manual picks will be undertaken at this time)

* Uncatalogued records cannot currently be ordered and accessed

* While you can order up to 24 items, only eight records can be initially supplied for your session; if you have ordered more than eight records, there may be a delay while your initial records are returned and further records retrieved. 

* Any records that are held at the off-site Nolan Street repository must be ordered within 48 hours of your planned visit (to see where record sets are stored, view our catalogue table - any items labelled 'Nolan' are off-site).


Please DO NOT attend a session if you feel unwell in any way - we do not mind last-minute cancellations for this reason.

* Upon arrival at the Library, you will be asked to check in using a QR code or manual sign in AND provide proof of vaccination (or legitimate exemption) to COVID marshal staff - if you do not have appropriate documents, you will be refused entry.

* The general conditions of entry still apply for Reading Room visits - please review these HERE.

* Access to the Reading Room will be via the door at the FAR end of the room only, follow the signage if you are unsure.

* You will also need to sign into the Reading Room upon arrival. This is a separate non-COVID related record and is for a separate administrative purpose, please be patient with this process.

* Properly fitted masks must be worn while in the library if unable to maintain appropriate physical distance from staff and other patrons, and visitors should sanitise their hands regularly

* Patrons must bring their own equipment - pencils, erasers, magnifiers etc


* The library's Local History collection items can be accessed if required however patrons must not use the step ladder (ask staff for assistance) and items must not be reshelved - please place on the table provided.


* Only limited research assistance can be provided by staff - we have many Guides to help with a range of research on our website.


* We ask patrons to be mindful of staff and other patrons within the Reading Room and practice strict social distancing and good hygiene.

* The public toilets upstairs are open and regularly cleaned.


We thank researchers and patrons for their patience at what is an uncertain time with unfamiliar processes. Please continue to check your inbox, and our website and Facebook Page for interim updates - our situation and advice may change at short notice.