For researchers

The Petherick Reading Room provides facilities for short- and long-term use of the collections.

Harold White Fellowships are available for scholars and writers wishing to undertake original research based on our collections.

The Petherick Research Register is a listing of Petherick Readers' areas of research.

Learning program sessions are conducted regularly for new National Library users. These sessions help readers to use the National Library's website and collections, request books from home, as well as effectively search the catalogue and link to online resources in the Library. Family History, Newspapers, Early English and American Books Online, Biography are some of the other resources covered in these sessions during the year.

The National Library is unable to undertake extensive or ongoing genealogical, historical or other research for clients. If you are unable to come to the Library yourself, we maintain a select list of Private Researchers and Valuers in a range of subject fields, who undertake work for a negotiated fee. Please contact them directly. This list has been prepared as a community service, and we do not endorse any particular researchers.