The National Library is a reference library – you can use collection items in our reading rooms but not take them home. We operate a collection delivery service because collection items are held in closed book stacks. To get material:
- Get a library card
- Lodge your requests through the catalogue. Library staff will locate items in our stacks and deliver them to one of our reading rooms.
- Collect your items and use in our reading rooms
Check our collection delivery times as they are different in each reading room. If you submit requests after the latest listed time, your items will be delivered on the next scheduled delivery day.
Most collection material can be requested over the Internet through the Library's catalogue. You can request up to 15 items that are kept on reserve for 5 days. Monitor the status of your requests by viewing 'Requests' in the catalogue.
Manuscripts, Pictures and some Maps collection material cannot be requested electronically, but you can submit a paper request onsite or contact the reading room prior to your visit to arrange access.
Library staff can also give you a stack pass to access some collections such as government legislation and Asian language collections.
It is possible to use special collections material (e.g. Asian collections, manuscripts, maps, pictures, newspapers and microforms) when those reading rooms are closed on evenings and Saturdays if you arrange it in advance. You can also pre-arrange access to Newspapers and Microforms collection material on Sundays. Talk to Library staff to organise this.
Selected material from the National Library's collection may be accessible via interlibrary loan upon request by another Library. Contact your local library for details.
The Copies Direct service provides a fast, easy and inexpensive way to obtain copies of material in the National Library’s collection. It may not be possible to copy all material due to preservation, copyright or other restrictions