Finding pictures

  • Search our catalogue - most pictures material is described in our catalogue
  • Tip: Narrow your search to only pictures by selecting the 'Pictures' format filter
  • Visit the Special Collections Reading Room to view original material
  • If you have any questions, please contact us

Using the collection

  • Some material may have access restrictions and may require permission to view. Check the catalogue record or contact us before your visit
  • Request material to view by logging into the catalogue with your Library card and submitting an online request. See our collection delivery service and online video for more information.
  • When ready, material will be available to view in the Special Collections Reading Room

Special storage conditions

  • Material such as negatives, slides, glass plates and colour prints are held in special storage areas for their preservation. These are fragile and require an acclimatisation period before being delivered for use. We may ask you to use a digital or print version of the image instead. Please contact us one week before your visit to discuss your request for these materials.

Collections not fully arranged and described

  • Some Pictures collections are not fully arranged and described and so may need time to make ready before they can be used. These are described as ‘Pictures retrospective arrears’ on the catalogue record. For these collections please contact us 4 weeks before your visit to discuss your request and allow time for material to be prepared for use.

Getting a copy for study or research

  1. Find the item record in the catalogue 
  2. If the item has been digitised you will be able to see a thumbnail on the catalogue record
  3. Select the thumbnail and you can then print or download a low resolution (72 dpi) copy
  • Digital cameras can be used where access conditions allow and you agree to comply with the Copyright Act and correct care and handling of material guidelines

Getting a high resolution copy

  1. Find the item record in the catalogue
  2. Select the 'Order a copy' tab at the bottom of the catalogue record
  3. Click on 'Add to cart' to open the online order form
  4. Follow the instructions provided by the Copies Direct service

Publishing pictures from our collection

Please see How do I declare my intention to publish?


Please see How do I acknowledge the Library in my publication?

Contacting the Pictures and Manuscripts team

Use the Ask a Librarian service to lodge an online enquiry with us.
Phone: (+61) 2 6262 1259