We're building you a better National Library
The Library’s new Special Collections Reading Room opened on Monday 5 January 2015 and was visited by some 500 people on the first day. Users can now access manuscripts, maps, pictures, oral history, music, ephemera and rare printed collections in one place. The new reading room is open evenings and Saturdays although collection delivery is limited to weekdays. Please plan your visit in advance to make the most of your time at the Library.
Building works have now shifted to the ground floor to create a new Newspapers and Family History zone within an expanded Main Reading Room. The new service will open in early May 2015 and will have the same opening hours as the Main Reading Room. The newspapers, microforms collections, micrographics scanning equipment and family history resources currently housed in the Newspapers and Microforms Reading Room on the Lower Ground floor will move up to the new Newspapers and Family History zone. The renovated facilities also include two bookable rooms for collaborative work.
In June, construction will shift to the Lower Ground floor to create an expanded café and informal seating area with improved Internet access. Later in 2015, the entire ground floor will become publicly accessible with the opening of a quiet study area in the expanded Main Reading Room.
As well as providing enlarged, integrated reading rooms, the project will improve sustainability, upgrade building services such as air conditioning and fire systems, and meet compliance requirements mandated in the Building Code.
To ensure that any inconvenience to visitors and staff is kept to a minimum, major building works will be carried out after hours.
The project is being managed from within existing Government funding allocated to the National Library of Australia to maintain the building.
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