Libraries are required to understand and accept the following conditions of borrowing material from the National Library of Australia’s collections.

Material available for loan

  • Libraries may borrow monograph material held at the National Library of Australia.
  • Serials and some of the Library's special collections may not be available for loan.
  • Due to the range of material it is not possible to clearly outline availability. However we will respond quickly if the item is not available.
  • For more information on conditions of lending specific types of material see the National and State Libraries of Australasia Collaborative Lending Principles.

Loan periods

  • The loan period for material borrowed from the National Library is 10 weeks.
  • If an extension is required please contact us. Additional charges will apply.
  • For some special materials for example heavily used newspapers, the loan period is 5 weeks with no extensions.

Overdue and lost items

  • Overdue notices are sent at the end of the loan period. If no response is received the material is assumed lost and an invoice generated.
  • A first and a final reminder are sent out before issuing the invoice, allowing you enough time to either contact us or return the item.
  • The charge for each lost item is $300.00 AUD (GST inclusive). This includes a $150 non-refundable administrative fee on issue of the invoice.