The Library holds the greatest collection in the world of material relating to Australia and the Australian people. It ranges from the earliest European works about the Great Southern Land to the most current publications.

Recent acquisition highlights


How can we sleep when our koalas are burning

In late 2019, Bettina Kaiser produced posters featuring koalas in response to personal fears around climate change and the suffering of the Australian landscape and wildlife.


Chrissa Keramidas interviewed by Michelle Potter

Chrissa Keramidas, recently spoke of her eminent career in the Australian Ballet in a rich interview with Michelle Potter, the National Library’s inaugural Curator of Dance.


Garfish, 1770

Sydney Parkinson was the first European artist to set foot on Australian soil and among the first to portray the landscape, peoples and flora and fauna of the continent from direct observation.


Nalinjiedi de hu huan = My Ngarrindjeri Calling

A series of titles published by Aboriginal Studies Press that have been translated and republished in China by Beijing Time Chinese Publishing House were acquired. The titles outline Australian Indigenous history, life and culture.

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