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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 exploring our getting started resources, 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. You can also read through our research guides to get tips on search strategies or see highlights of our collection on various topics.