Media Releases


  • Tuesday, 11 November, 2008 - 11:24

    Fifteen Victorian groups will receive grants to help preserve the state’s heritage following the announcement of the 2008 Community Heritage Grants.

  • Tuesday, 11 November, 2008 - 11:20

    Young Canberra photographer Chris Morrison has won the inaugural VIVID Emerging Artist Award. His work was selected from work exhibited by new and emerging photographers in the VIVID National Photography Festival, held in the ACT and region from 11 July to 12 October this year.

  • Tuesday, 28 October, 2008 - 11:18

    Canberra musician Jenny Gall is the recipient of this year’s National Folk Fellowship, jointly offered by the National Library of Australia and the National Folk Festival.

  • Tuesday, 23 September, 2008 - 10:16

    A chance sighting on YouTube has taken a group of photographers from a Sydney backyard to the National Library of Australia.

  • Wednesday, 3 September, 2008 - 09:54

    The work of contemporary Australian photographers will be on display for one night only at the National Library of Australia tomorrow, Thursday 4 September. Twenty-three photographers from the ACT, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland will present their work in table-top displays at a folio viewing event at the Library, from 4 pm to 8 pm.

  • Friday, 22 August, 2008 - 09:27

    The National Library of Australia celebrates the 40th anniversary of the opening of its iconic building with a series of special events on Monday 25 August.

  • Wednesday, 23 July, 2008 - 09:26

    The National Library has acquired one of the country’s most important collections on the life and times of Australia’s first international diva, Dame Nellie Melba.

  • Friday, 11 July, 2008 - 09:23

    Early Australian photographs by pioneering photographer Charles Bayliss – some not seen by the public in more than 130 years – will go on display at the National Library in Canberra on Friday 11 July.

  • Wednesday, 2 July, 2008 - 09:22

    Rare early Australian photographs, not seen in public for more than 100 years, have been acquired by the National Library.

  • Monday, 23 June, 2008 - 09:20

    Writer David Malouf and actor Amanda Muggleton will bring to life the Canadian Government’s gift to the National Library of the earliest surviving document printed in Australia.

  • Thursday, 8 May, 2008 - 09:18

    The National Library is calling for applications for the 2008 Community Heritage Grants.

  • Wednesday, 16 April, 2008 - 09:17

    Rarely seen photographs and architectural plans will go on display this week at the National Library to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the opening of the iconic building beside Lake Burley Griffin.

  • Thursday, 20 March, 2008 - 10:12

    Established and emerging folk performers across music, dance and the spoken word are urged to apply for a National Folk Fellowship.

  • Wednesday, 19 March, 2008 - 10:11

    Visitors to the National Folk Festival are encouraged to visit the National Library’s “home away from home”, an information and Internet lounge at the Festival.

  • Tuesday, 11 March, 2008 - 10:09

    If there’s a stack of old newspapers gathering dust under the bed or out in the shed, Australian libraries want to know about it.

  • Tuesday, 11 March, 2008 - 10:05

    If there’s a stack of old newspapers gathering dust under the bed or out in the shed, Australian libraries want to know about it.

  • Monday, 18 February, 2008 - 15:49

    Australians have always taken distance in their stride – be it a wild journey by biplane or a trip down the wallaby track – and this spirit of adventure will be on show at the National Library of Australia from 6 March.

  • Monday, 4 February, 2008 - 15:46

    Picture this: image-makers now have the opportunity to make a mark on history and expose their work to a national audience.

  • Saturday, 2 February, 2008 - 10:14

    The world is losing irreplaceable information about human history, commerce, political and social movements, and creative life as information disappears from the Internet.


  • Wednesday, 12 December, 2007 - 15:37

    Local hip hop artist Omar Musa is the runner-up in Australia’s first national poetry slam, coming ahead of 15 other competitors.

    Omar, 23, originally from Queanbeyan but now living in Canberra, believes hip hop poetry is the literature of today. “It is today’s most accessible art form and could reignite the love of the English language,’’ he said.

  • Wednesday, 5 December, 2007 - 15:35

    An exhibition that records for the first time the remarkable contribution of Australia’s cameleers opens at the National Library on 12 December.

  • Tuesday, 13 November, 2007 - 15:39

    The National Library has received $1 million from the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation to support the digitisation of out-of-copyright editions of The Sydney Morning Herald from its inception in 1831 to 1954.

  • Tuesday, 13 November, 2007 - 15:33

    Community groups across the country will have a greater capacity to preserve Australia’s heritage following the announcement of the 2007 Community Heritage Grants.

  • Thursday, 1 November, 2007 - 15:31

    A black and white photograph of a joey, snugly wrapped in an overcoat improvised from the sleeve of an old jumper, is the 100 000th picture to be digitised at the National Library of Australia.

  • Wednesday, 31 October, 2007 - 15:30

    Local hip hop artist Omar Musa is in the running to perform at the Sydney Opera House when he competes in the grand final of Australia’s first national poetry slam in Sydney in December.

  • Monday, 22 October, 2007 - 14:28

    our national libraries have joined forces to implement a new bibliographic standard for describing and accessing library resources that is designed for the digital environment in which libraries now operate.

  • Friday, 19 October, 2007 - 14:26

    Rare and beautiful botanical pictures and books, many on show for the first time, are among the highlights of a display about Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus which opens at the National Library of Australia today.

  • Thursday, 18 October, 2007 - 14:25

    A doctor, academic and Scottish music expert, Ronald McCoy, of Melbourne, will use the folklore and music collections in the National Library of Australia to explore a largely hidden part of Australian immigrant culture.

  • Wednesday, 26 September, 2007 - 14:23

    Cage of Ghosts, an exhibition of powerful black and white photographs detailing the surviving physical evidence of Aboriginal occupation in south-eastern Australia, opens at the National Library of Australia on Thursday 27 September.

  • Tuesday, 11 September, 2007 - 14:21

    The earliest surviving document printed in Australia, recently found in the collection of Library and Archives Canada, has come home as a gift to the nation from the Canadian Government.

  • Tuesday, 7 August, 2007 - 14:19

    The National Library of Australia is pleased to announce it was the successful bidder for an album containing two original pictures from the ill-fated Burke and Wills Expedition of 1860–1861.

  • Sunday, 8 July, 2007 - 14:17

    The announcement of Vivid, Australia's first ever National Photography Festival, by Jackie Dean, National President of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography will take place at 10.30am on 11 July 2007 in the National Library Theatre.

  • Monday, 28 May, 2007 - 17:04

    Australians everywhere will benefit from a new library consortium called Electronic Resources Australia (ERA). The recently formed consortium offers libraries an opportunity to provide free public access to quality online information in the areas of health, general reference, news and business. The true value of the consortium will be realised with widespread Australian library participation.

  • Monday, 28 May, 2007 - 17:02

    The National Library of Australia and a leading Australian digital music provider, destra Media, have entered into an innovative government-business partnership to enhance the MusicAustralia online service

  • Monday, 28 May, 2007 - 17:01

    The National Library of Australia, in collaboration with each Australian state and territory library, has embarked on a plan to digitise out of copyright newspapers.