Our summer opening hours will be in place until Sunday 12 January 2014. Regular opening hours resume Monday 13 January 2014.-- posted on: 19 November 2013
Help the National Library of Australia ensure the survival of one of the rarest maps in the world, Joan Blaeu's 1663 Archipelagus Orientalis.-- posted on: 30 October 2013
Rare original plans, silk lithographs and scrawled notes from the hands of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin will come to life in a new exhibition at the National Library from Friday 8 March.-- posted on: 22 February 2013
To mark the third anniversary of the National Apology to the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants, the National Library has published a commemorative booklet, You Can't Forget Things Like That, which features many of their remarkable stories.-- posted on: 16 November 2012
Wednesday, 13 November, 2013 - 14:43
They are the maps that inspired the idea of Australia. Rare, priceless and rarely allowed out of Europe's great vaults. Until now.
Wednesday, 13 November, 2013 - 14:29
It began on a canal in Venice and ended via a specially deconstructed National Library of Australia window – it was too big to come through the front door - but one of the rarest maps in the world, the 1450 Fra Mauro Map of the World, has finally taken pride of place in the Library’s Mapping Our World: Terra Incognita to Australia exhibition.
Wednesday, 30 October, 2013 - 09:09
Community groups will have a greater capacity to preserve Australia's heritage with the announcement today of the 2013 Community Heritage Grants (CHG).
Wednesday, 9 October, 2013 - 08:23
One of the rarest maps in the world, the first large-scale map of New Holland, has been acquired by the National Library of Australia and will take centre stage in the Library’s summer blockbuster exhibition, Mapping Our World: Terra Incognita to Australia.
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Mapping Our World: Terra Incognita to Australia showcases maps from the world’s greatest collections – many of which have never been seen in Australia. These are the maps that shaped our world – taking us on a journey from ancient and medieval notions of a Great South Land to Flinders’ 1814 chart of Australia.
The National Library of Australia’s greatest treasures are now on permanent display in the new state-of-the-art Treasures Gallery. The Treasures Gallery features some of the Library’s most prized items collected over the past 100 years, including Lieutenant James Cook’s journal of the Endeavour and the first document printed in Australia, a 1796 playbill.
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The Big Book of Australian History, by award-winning writer Peter Macinnis, helps tell Australia’s story to its children – using images and facts from the National Library of Australia’s 10-million-strong collection.
In 1889, Australia’s finest bush poet Banjo Paterson, published his ballad Clancy of the Overflow. In creating the now-legendary free-spirited stockman, Paterson summed up the essence of the Australian outback.