Before you begin your research at the National Library it is important to get prepared.

Applying for a free Library card allows you to request collection items to use in the Library, and provides access to a wide range of eResources from home.

Become familiar with how the Library works by watching our getting started videos, reading about our collection delivery service and checking our opening hours.

We also offer research assistance and advice through our free Ask a Librarian service.

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Frequently asked questions

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