The National Library of Australia’s collections are its finest achievement. They have been built over the years since 1901 when the Library was established as the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library. The National Library Act 1960 provides the Library with a mandate to build a national collection of library material, including a comprehensive collection of library material relating to Australia and the Australian people. The collections include books, journals, web sites, maps, printed music, pictures, manuscripts, and oral history recordings. The collections are predominantly in print form but include a substantial amount of microform material and a growing amount of content in electronic form.

The Library’s collections are a national asset available for use by the Australian people. Together with the collections of other Australian libraries, they underpin national resource sharing, facilitated by the Libraries Australia service.

The Library regularly evaluates the collection policy against changing circumstances. We welcome comment about the directions set out in this document.

Jan Fullerton Director-General