To be eligible for a standard library card you must live in Australia and supply an Australian residential address.

A library card allows you to:

  • Request collection items for use onsite in our reading rooms
  • Access a select range of licensed electronic resources from offsite

You don't need a library card to:

Please note:

  • We are a reference library - you can use collection items in our reading rooms but not take material home
  • Cards are valid for two years but can be renewed
  • International visitors may apply for a temporary onsite library card when visiting the National Library in person

Apply for a library card

Need to update your library card?

You can change your details or renew your library card by visiting our renewals page.