National Library reaches out to regions

National Library reaches out to regions
17 July 2013

Just because you live out of town doesn't mean you have to miss out on access to Australia's largest reference collection - at the National Library of Australia in Canberra.

The National Library has created a series of short videos to show everyone, regardless of where they live, how to access online resources and order copies from the National Library collection.

Since the videos were launched last year, they have been viewed more than 40,000 times.

Following input from users, the Library has just created a new video about accessing online newspapers through the Library.

Director of Reader Services Aileen Weir said ‘videos are just one way we are trying to expose our collections to all Australians’.

‘Many people know they can view historical Australian newspapers through the Library’s wonderful Trove (www.nla.gov.au/trove) service.  What they don’t realise is that they can also access other newspapers online just by signing up for a free library card.

‘Our new video uses quick and engaging snippets to show people how to view early historical newspapers from the UK and the USA, as well as contemporary titles from Australia and overseas.

 ‘Many of these titles can be accessed online, from the comfort of home, simply by logging in with a library card.’

Watch the full series  http://www.nla.gov.au/getting-started/borrowing of videos online and learn how each of the services works in about 90 seconds.

Contact:   Director of Reader Services at the National Library of Australia, Aileen Weir, on 02 6262 1448