The National Library of Australia is committed to building a rich, culturally and linguistically diverse collection of Australian publications, pictures, manuscripts and oral histories, enlivening the national story with the unique voices and viewpoints of individuals and organisations. 

To learn more about our collecting read our Collecting Strategy 2020-21 to 2023-24 and Collection Development Policy.

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.  

Current projects

Our 2021 collecting initiative focuses on Fijian Australians and Chinese Australians.  We are seeking to better document the experience of individuals and families to reflect an understanding of what it means to be an Australian with Chinese heritage and an Australian with Fijian heritage.

We hope to document this experience across many formats including: oral history interviews, manuscript collections, published and ephemeral material and a series of commissioned photographs documenting events within various communities across Australia.

How you can help

Oral History 

If you are interested in participating in our oral history activity, please submit an expression of interest using our online form.

Fijian Australians Oral History EOI

Chinese Australians Oral History EOI

Authors or publishers

If you are an author or publisher, legal deposit is a requirement for Australian publications to be deposited with the National Library of Australia. The Library is digital preferred and you can deposit  electronics books, journals, magazines, newsletters, maps and music scores using the National edeposit service.