MYLI My Community Library (formerly West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation) provides library services to four councils: Bass Coast, Baw Baw, South Gippsland and Cardinia.

Myli has an archive of approximately 15-20,000 artefacts relating to the heritage of the Cardinia region. The archives are located off-site, but access is available by appointment at Pakenham Library. To visit, contact our Local History and Genealogy Librarian on [email protected]

The Myli Local History Archive operates under a copyright takedown policy. Every effort has been taken to ascertain provenance of items. If you believe we have infringed on your Copyright, please contact us.

Our collection

Myli Local History Archives (1990)

The archive collection held off site has approximately 15-20,000 artefacts and a small collection of reference texts. The collection consists of artefacts related to the history of the region or members of the community, including: - Published and unpublished works - Newspapers and periodicals - Pictorial materials - Documents/ephemera - Maps/plans - Oral histories - Born digital materials.

The archive itself began as a repository from the former City of Berwick in 1990 and was subsequently handed over to Casey Cardinia Libraries Corporation in 1994 following the Council’s restructure. In 2022, Casey Cardinia Libraries split, with public libraries within Casey remaining under Casey Cardinia Libraries, while public libraries in Cardinia were transitioned to the administration of Myli – My Community Library Ltd.

In addition to this, each branch has a local history collection to inform and connect the community to its past.

MYLI My Community Library offers a contemporary public library collection of approximately 150,000 items. Formats such as large print, dvd, music CD and talking book on CD are catered for in the collection.

Themes: Peopling Victoria's Places & Landscapes, Connecting Victorians by transport and communications, Transforming and managing land and natural resources, Building Victoria's industries and workforce, Building towns, cities and the garden state, Governing Victorians