The National Library of Australia’s collection includes almost 10.5 million items, only 3.25 million of which are books. The Library collects a broad range of information spanning many different formats and media.

In this section, there is a small selection of items from the collections that can be used to question sources and interpret the messages and meanings being presented. Under each section is a link to a catalogue search with related results for further investigation.

Items in the Library’s collection span many centuries and hold a range of views, opinions, and perspectives. Some items may contain depictions or certain words or descriptions which reflect the author’s attitude or that of the period in which the item was created and may now be considered offensive. These items do not reflect the opinion or position of the National Library of Australia or its staff. Please ensure items being used are suitable for the intended audience.