About the Library


The Family History ACT (FHACT) library is situated in the Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton Street, Cook ACT.


Members can identify when they can volunteer and add their names to the Library Roster.

Library Catalogue

For holdings please go to our Library Catalogue

About the Collection

For a detailed description of our collection and how it is organised please see: About the Collection.

COVID Information

FHACT is a COVID safe organisation. When you visit please be familiar with our COVID Safe policy and plans. FHACT is registered with the Check in CBR App as The Heraldry & Genealogical Socity of Canberra Inc.and you will be asked to check in when you arrive.

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Members must display a current membership badge while using the FHACT facilities.
Non-members may use the research facilities after purchasing a reader's ticket. The available tickets are:

  • one day – $10.00
  • one week – $20.00
  • 28 days – $30.00

The Library is closed on public holidays and during part of December and January. Please check the Calendar for periods of closure.

Tuesday 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Wednesday  10:00 am to 3:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Saturday 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Sunday 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Electronic Resources

Our library has a collection of electronic publications that include CDs and electronic journals (serials).

CD Collection

Our library's holdings include about 1400 CDs and DVDs.

The publications on most of the CDs and DVDs are in document formats (DOC, RTF, PDF, HTML, TXT) and most of them may be viewed on any of the library computers. Those that have restrictive licences, or need special Windows software to run, may only be viewed on particular computers.

Electronic Journal Collection

FHACT receives many genealogical journals and newsletters in electronic formats. Only issues received in electronic form are in this collection. (Journals not received in electronic form are not in the database. Many journals now received in electronic form were formerly paper publications and earlier issues of these will still be found on the shelves.)

Using the Electronic Resources at Cook

Use the library catalogue to find any resource in the FHACT library, including the electronic resources. The library catalogue is available here so you can search at home before visiting the library.

FCER is the application used to access electronic resources at Cook. It is available on any computer in the library at Cook; the electronic collections are not available online.

FCER does have limited search tools, but you are better off searching the library catalogue to find the specific resource you want. Use the CD number or Call number to go directly to the item. If you are logged on this link will take you to the FCER User Guide.