Collection delivery times

We operate a collection delivery service because collection items are held in closed book stacks.  Please submit requests for collection material within the times indicated below for same day delivery. Requests submitted after the latest listed time will be delivered to reading rooms on the next delivery day.

Material kept onsite

Our most heavily used collection items are stored onsite and they are generally delivered to reading rooms within 45 minutes, provided you have placed your request within the time frames given below.

  Monday-Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Main Reading Room 9.00am-5.00pm 9.00am-3.45pm No deliveries
*See note
No deliveries
*See note
Petherick Reading Room 9.00am-5.00pm 9.00am-3.45pm No deliveries
*See note
No deliveries
*See note
Certain materials (sheet music, oral histories, rare books, special formed collections, ephemera) require staff supervision and are only available through the Petherick Reading Room. These materials are delivered at set times.
Newspapers and Microforms Reading Room 9.00am-4.30pm 9.00am-4.30pm No deliveries
*See note
Reading room closed
*See note
Manuscripts, Pictures, Maps and Asian Collections Reading Rooms 9.00am–4.30pm 9.00am-4.30pm Reading rooms closed
*See note
Reading rooms closed
*See note

*Note:  If you arrange it in advance with staff in the relevant reading room, you can still use special collections material (e.g. Asian collections, manuscripts, maps, pictures, newspapers and microforms) on Monday to Thursday evenings and Saturdays. You can also arrange to use general Asian Collections, Newspapers and Microforms Collections in the Main Reading Room on Sundays.

Please note that requests for material to be used at the weekends need to be placed no later than 3:45pm on Fridays.

Material kept offsite and certain special materials

We deliver at set intervals throughout the working day as shown below. The Catalogue indicates from which reading room you can collect your requests.

  Cut-off times for requests For delivery by …
Monday-Friday 8.30am (overnight requests)
11.30 am
Saturday* No deliveries  
Sunday* No deliveries  

* Note:  If you want to use material from offsite collections on the weekend, submit your request by 2pm on Fridays.

There are no Oral History Collection deliveries on weekends. Requests placed by 4.00pm Mondays to Fridays will be available for use in the Petherick Reading Room the following morning.

Collection material kept offsite comprises mainly:

  • Printed Australian newspapers published before 1 January 2001
    (microfilm holdings are stored onsite)
  • Printed overseas newspapers published before 1 January 2006
    (microfilm holdings are stored onsite)
  • Overseas journals (magazines and serials) published before 1 January 2005
  • Some Manuscripts Collection material. Most Manuscripts Collection material held offsite can be delivered in accord with the cut-off times above. Some material requires four weeks notice – these collections are clearly identified in the Library's Catalogue.
  • Selected other foreign language material

Certain special material comprises mainly:

  • Rare Books and other formed collections
  • Sheet music
  • Ephemera
  • Oral History transcripts and audio on CDs/cassettes
  • Any other item identified in the Catalogue as 'collect from Petherick Reading Room'