If you think that you need to be a member to visit the Genealogical Society of Victoria [GSV] hopefully this blog will encourage you to visit and find out the facts first hand. The other misconception some people have is that the Society’s resources are limited to Victoria. In fact the society has wonderful resources for researching ancestors from around the world.
Explore the web site of the GSV to find out all the details: opening times, services, activities, events, bookshop, catalogue and much more.
This blog isn’t about repeating the information on the GSV web site – it’s aimed at making you feel comfortable about dropping in for a visit.
Level B1, 257 Collins Street, Melbourne
HOW TO FIND THE GSV:
The GSV is located in Emirates House on the south side of Collins Street between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets. Australia on Collins is almost opposite and Emirates House is just a few doors towards Swanston Street from the pedestrian crossing lights. [below left and centre]
Go through the sliding glass entrance doors of Emirates House. [below right]
Once you are in the foyer, DON’T go past the escalators! Turn LEFT immediately before the jewellers on the left – the lifts are behind the jeweller’s shop. Press the DOWN button and when you’re in the lift select “B1”. [below left]
Emirates House runs between Collins Street and Flinders Lane. If you are coming from the Flinders Street Railway Station, you can enter the building at rear – 257 Flinders Lane. [below centre]
When you come out of the lift at level B1 you will see the GSV sign in the foyer. [below right]
WHAT YOU’LL FIND AT THE GSV:
Turn left down the corridor – and pause to look at the wonderful family charts on the wall. There are also photos of all the GSV’s presidents. [below left]
At the end of the corridor is reception and the bookshop. Allow plenty of time to browse the wonderful selection of books, CDs, charts, genealogy programs, vouchers and much more. Have a look at the online GSV bookshop to get an idea of the huge range available … and if what you want is not in stock the GSV may be able to get it in for you. [below right]
USING THE LIBRARY:
Prospective members may have a brief tour of the library if the staff or volunteers are available.You do not need to be a member of the GSV to use the library – there are day rates and also reciprocal rights for members of nominated interstate societies. Ask at the reception desk to check the options for you.
Visitors and members are required to wear their name tags or membership cards at all times in the library.
No bags are permitted in the library – these should be placed in one of the lockers provided. Clear plastic bags are permitted for your research papers.
Only pencils are permitted in the library – if you don’t have one, you can borrow one from the library information desk.
Members should scan the barcode on their card when they first arrive at the library and at the end of the day when they leave. [below left and right]
LIBRARY FACILITIES and RESOURCES:
The information and enquiry desk is the first point of call – this is where you book computers and film readers, ask for assistance and advice on using the catalogue and doing your research, and collect your printing and copying. [below left]
Bookings must be made for using the computers and film readers as there are time limits and specific machines are allocated depending on your area and type of research. [below centre and right]
All monitors have been upgraded to flat screens providing greater desk-space for everyone. [below right]
You will also need to book microfilm readers and should check with the information desk on procedures for using microfiche. [below left]
Many resources are still available on microfiche and microfilm and the GSV holds an extensive collection. [below centre]
In addition to the film printer, the GSV has a Scanpro film and fiche scanner and printer – digital images can also be saved to USB drives from this equipment. Check with the information desk to book the Scanpro for short-term use. [below right]
The GSV meeting room is used for the Thursday lunchtime talks, computer classes, courses and various special interest groups. It includes full data projection and audio equipment. Check the GSV web site for information on all activities. [below left]
You can plan a full day at the GSV – bring your own lunch or make use of the numerous food outlets nearby. There is a kitchen with tea & coffee making facilities. Relax and chat with other library users in the lunch area. [below right]
There is so much to see and do at the Genealogical Society of Victoria – don’t be afraid to visit and find out what you’re missing!