The National Library of Australia is committed to collaboration across communities and collects materials that reflects and documents this diversity and Australia's cultural heritage. The Library holds material across its many formays that reflects the strength of Australia’s multicultural heritage. Past collaborative collecting activities have included, the Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project Representing Multicultural Australia in National and State Libraries and Collecting Multicultural Australia, a collaboration to raise awareness about the National Library and state libraries within Australian multicultural communities.  

The Library has released its new Collecting Strategy 2020-21 to 2023-24 and Collection Development Policy, which will guide the Library’s collecting over the next four years.  These documents were endorsed by the National Library of Australia Council in April 2020, and implemented from 1 July 2020.  

The Strategy and Policy make clear that the Library’s first responsibility – as outlined in the National Library Act 1960 – is to develop a comprehensive collection relating to Australia and the Australian people. 

As part of the Collecting Stratetgy the Library will improve the range and representation of the Library’s collection. The Library also intends to increase and improve representation of Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse communities. As opportunity allows, the Library will actively engage with these communities, noting the development of a representative and deep collection will evolve over successive plans. 

Current projects

The Library's 2021 collecting initiative focuses on Fijian Australians and Chinese Australians, with the aim to document the contribution and experiences of both Fiji-born and Chinese born migrants to Australia and their descendants across the many formats that the Library collects.

How you can help

Deposit online books, journals, magazines, newsletters, maps and music scores using the National edeposit service