The National Library of Australia is the custodian of Australia’s documentary heritage – we share the nation’s stories and safeguard them for current and future generations. We develop and conserve our magnificent collections, including books, personal papers, drawings, paintings, photography, maps, objects and oral history recordings.
We invite you to join our community of supporters and become part of this important work by donating to The National Library of Australia Fund.
Your contribution to The National Library of Australia Fund will make a significant difference to the work we do, and we are always very grateful for your support.
Download a donation form or phone the Development Office on 02 6262 1336 to make a donation.
The National Library of Australia Fund supports development, conservation and digitisation of our collections. Our valued supporters make access to information possible for Australians everywhere.
The National Library's exhibition Mapping Our World: Terra Incognita to Australia features one of the Library's recent major map acquisitions Archipelagus Orientalis, sive Asiaticus (Eastern and Asian archipelago), 1663, created by master cartographer Joan Blaeu (1596-1673).
This remarkable wall chart - one of only four surviving copies in the world, is in an exceedingly fragile state, but conservators from the Library's Preservation Branch have embarked on a meticulous and time-consuming preservation treatment to stabilise it for display.
Fortunately, the areas of greatest interest illuminating the story of the Dutch discovery of Australia - the mention of the first sighting of Tasmania and the text naming the continent - are intact and clearly visible.
Donate online or pick up a donation form at the entrance to the Exhibition Gallery or at the Information Desk during Mapping Our World (from 7 November 2013 to 10 March 2014).
Find out more about the Blaeu map and about the exhibition. You can view Archipelagus Orientalis, sive Asiaticus in the Treasures Gallery during Mapping Our World.
Support Our World-class Conservation and Digitisation Programs
Alternatively, you may wish to make a contribution towards the conservation and digitisation of significant items from the Library’s collections.
In the year ahead, donations to The National Library Fund will enable us to conserve and digitise books, personal papers, drawings, paintings, photographs, maps, objects and oral history recordings to ensure their longevity. In the lead up to the centenary of the start of the First World War, the National Library will digitise over 350 pamphlets relating to Australia’s participation in the war. We have also begun a five-year project to digitise albums brought home by Australian veterans from around the world, including Europe and Palestine.
From the Rare Maps Collection, the National Library has already digitised H. Percy Dove’s Plans of Sydney (c. 1870–1890) and the 1890 Royal Atlas and Gazetteer of Australasia. The Library will continue this important work, digitising a number of rare atlases from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
In the coming year, the National Library will also rehouse and undertake treatment of Australian opera director Moffatt Oxenbould’s manuscript collection, consisting of artworks, posters, photographs and personal papers.
Treasures Gallery Support Fund
You may also wish to donate to the Treasures Gallery Support Fund which assists with education and exhibition programs for our Treasures Gallery.
The Treasures Gallery opened to the public in October 2011 and already over 200,000 visitors have discovered its treasures. Made possible through the generosity of our supporters, rare and inspiring items, from James Cook's Endeavour journal to William Bligh's list of mutineers, from Patrick White's glasses to an original manuscript for Waltzing Matilda are now on display and able to be enjoyed by all. Both the Terra Australis and NLA to Z sections of the gallery are refreshed regularly with new content from the Library's vast collections, ensuring a new experience each time you visit.