AIFS library

The Institute's Library aims to provide a widely accessible repository of Australian and overseas family research and information.

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The library collection

Online library catalogue - provides access to the most substantial and up-to-date collection of international and Australian research on family wellbeing in Australia.

The collection features a large amount of 'grey literature' such as hard to find reports as well as books, journal articles, conference papers and presentations, book chapters, DVDs and kits.

The core collection covers the following broad areas:

Australian Family & Society Abstracts

Produced by staff at the Institute's Library since 1984 the Australian Family & Society Abstracts is a database which:

Family & Society Plus, an enhanced version of the database with a full text focus, was launched in 2004. This was replaced from January 2011 by the Informit Families and Society Collection.

You can:

Records which form the basis of the Australian Family & Society Abstracts database can also be accessed through the AIFS library catalogue. Search by author, title or subject to find records describing material of interest.

Many of the documents are available online. These records include a URL which provides direct access to the document. However copyright restrictions do not allow us to provide the full text of all material online.

Family Thesaurus

Family Thesaurus provides a list of the subject terms developed for indexing and retrieving information in the Australian Family & Society Abstracts database. Terms included in the thesaurus reflect the database's multidisciplinary approach to factors affecting life in Australian society and are drawn directly from the literature being indexed.

Download the Family Thesaurus 2014 edition (PDF 990 KB)

Download the Family Thesaurus 2014 edition (DOC 890 KB)

Please contact the library if you are having trouble accessing Family Thesaurus.

Interlibrary loans and document delivery

Loans and photocopies of material from the Institute's library are available via interlibrary loan. Please contact your library to make arrangements.

Procedures and charges are based on the Australian Interlibrary Resource Sharing Code.

Visiting the library

The library is open to the public by appointment. We encourage you to contact us by phone or email first to see if we can assist you, as many of our resources and services are available online.

If you have a query or would like to make an appointment you can: