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The National Library operates closed-access book stacks which means users cannot browse the shelves to obtain material. Requested items are delivered to the Reading Rooms via our Collection Delivery Service.
Registration is available to anyone residing in Australia. Library cards are valid for two years. Having a library card enables you to place an electronic request for material via our online catalogue. Items can only be used in the Reading Rooms and are not to be taken from the library. Having a library card also allows you to access a selection of licenced databases over the Internet, via the Library's eResources homepage or via a relevant Library catalogue record.
Information regarding registration can be found on the Library's web site.
Visitors temporarily residing in Australia can register for an Onsite card. This allows you to request material from the National Library collection and access online databases when inside the National Library building.
Registration is not necessary for library users to access online resources within the National Library Reading Rooms. Remote users who are not registered can still access freely available resources, such as our catalogue, and freely available websites listed in our eResources. We also have full text or digitised image collections available for use without registration. For more information on these explore our digital collections online.
Author: General Reference Enquiry