- What we collect
- Preserving our collections
- Building our collections
- Selected Library collections
- Collection statistics
- History of the collection
- Processing and describing our collections
There are a number of ways that you can access our collections from interstate or overseas. The first is via interlibrary loan. Many of our materials are available for loan to other libraries. If you visit your local library with the details of the material you are after, they may be able to organise an interlibrary loan for you.
You can also request copies of material using our online copying service, Copies Direct. There are two ways to get to this. The easiest way is to search the catalogue and get to the full record view of any item you are interested in, and simply click on the Order a copy button that is located at the bottom of the catalogue record, click on Add to Cart, and complete the online order form.
The other way is to go to the Copies Direct homepage. This gives more information about the service, and also provides a link to the form, but it will not have any details of the item filled in.
Some of our collection material has been digitised. These can be searched via our catalogue. Simply enter your search term, and narrow the format to 'NLA digital material'. If an item has been digitised, you will find a link to the digital images from within the catalogue record. Other online services allowing access to the collection can be searched via the Library's freely available discovery service, Trove.
The Library also has an eResources page which you can use as a subject directory for websites and databases. Many of these resources are freely available on the web. Some are licenced resources available offsite to Australian residents who are registered as readers (you can register for a library card online). Some of the resources are available onsite in the National Library building only.
Many materials are held by multiple libraries, and Trove can help you find and get items at libraries near you.