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 and
public holidays


Sunday


Main Reading Room

9.00am-5.00pm

9.00am-3.45pm

9.00am-3.45pm

No deliveries
*See note

Petherick Reading Room

9.00am-5.00pm

9.00am-3.45pm

9.00am-3.45pm

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

9.00am-4.30pm

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 4.00pm 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 and public holidays

8.30am (overnight requests)
11.30 am
2.00pm

10.30am
1.30pm
4.00pm

Saturday*

 

As above
No deliveries

 

Sunday*

No deliveries

 

* Note:  If you want to use material from offsite collections on the weekend, submit your request by 2.30pm on Fridays and your material will be available for use on Saturday morning at 9.00am.

There are no Oral History Collection deliveries on weekends or public holidays. 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'