The National Library’s overseas, Asian and Pacific collections make up more than half of its total print holdings. Overseas, Asian and Pacific collecting is an integral part of the Library’s overall national collecting program. The aim of collecting is to build a collection that supports research in subject areas of interest, particularly Australian studies, the study of Asia and the Pacific and selected subjects within the social sciences and humanities.

This policy outlines the principles and general collecting strategy for the Library’s overseas, Asian and Pacific collections.  The Library’s overseas collecting program has historically focused on collecting from non-Asian and Pacific countries such as the US, UK and Europe.  Asian and Pacific collecting has focused on the countries of East Asia, South and Southeast Asia and the Pacific region.

This policy replaces the collection development policy for the overseas and Asian collections published in 2008 as part of the Library’s Collection Development Policy.