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 more heavily used Collections are stored onsite. Items requested from these Collections are generally delivered to reading rooms within 45 minutes, provided you have placed your request within the following timeframes:

  Monday to Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Main Reading Room 10 am to 5 pm 10 am to 3.45 pm No deliveries* No deliveries*
Special Collections Reading Room* 10 am to 5 pm 10 am to 3.45 pm No deliveries* Closed
Newspapers and Microforms Reading Room 10 am to 4.30 pm 10 am to 4.30 pm No deliveries*
Closed*
Asian Collections Reading Room 10 am to 4.30pm 10 am to 4.30 pm Closed*
Closed*

If you arrange it in advance with staff in the relevant reading room, you can still use other special collections material (e.g. Asian, Newspapers and Microforms) on Monday to Thursday evenings and weekends.

Special collections kept onsite

Certain materials require staff supervision and are accessible only through the Special Collections Reading Room. These materials, which include manuscripts, pictures, oral history transcripts and audio, rare books, sheet music, special formed collections and ephemera, are only delivered to the Special Collections Reading Room at the set times below.

 

Cut-off times for requests

For delivery by

Monday to Friday

8.30 am (overnight requests)
11.30am
2 pm

10.30 am
1.30pm
4 pm

Saturday to Sunday*

No deliveries

No deliveries

Material kept offsite

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 to Friday 8.30 am (overnight requests)
2 pm
10.30 am
4 pm
Saturday to Sunday* No deliveries No deliveries

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

Manuscripts kept offsite

Manuscripts kept offsite are delivered on a separate schedule below.

  Cut-off times for requests For delivery by

Monday to Friday

4.30 pm
After 4.30 pm

10.30 am next day
4 pm next day

Saturday to Sunday*

No deliveries

No deliveries

*Manuscripts material held offsite must be requested by 4.30 pm Thursday for use on Saturdays

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 accordance with the times indicated above. However, some material requires four weeks notice – these collections are clearly identified in the Library's Catalogue.
  • Selected other foreign language material