Welcome to the National Library of Australia. We have a fabulous collection of items stored here for you to use. Including newspapers, maps, photographs, diaries, music and oral histories. And because this is a reference library the items are almost always available.

So how do you access our collection? You need one of these [library card]. This is your key to using items in our collections. Get one through the website or from a staff member

Browse the catalogue, choose your desired item and hit the request this button. Enter your card details and you're done. You can request things online from home and come in later to the library to view them. They will be kept for you for seven days. Or if you're in the library you can order right here through the catalogue. Then just relax and the library staff will retrieve your items within about forty five minutes. Plenty of time to visit the cafe, take in a special exhibition or browse our bookshop.

Our staff will send your choice to one of our reading rooms where you can use it. If you need help with this or any other services in the library ask one of our staff.

Come see us soon. The National Library of Australia. A home for Australia's stories.

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Can I get copies of items from the Library?

You can visit the Library and view collection material in one of our reading rooms.

First you will need to get a Library card. Register online and your card will be posted or you can pick it up when you visit the Library.

Use the catalogue

  • Use the catalogue to find what you need.
  • Request items directly from the catalogue using your library card. You can request up to 15 items at a time.

View items in person

  • Opening hours, including public holidays are listed on our website. Check them before you make your visit – there are different hours for different reading rooms.
  • Items will be delivered to the reading room indicated on the catalogue record.
  • Collection delivery is usually up to 45 minutes for general collection material and will be kept for seven days. You can request material before your visit so it is ready and waiting when you arrive.
  • Check our collection delivery times for details of special collection deliveries.
  • Log in to the catalogue at any time to see the status of your requests.

Copies and printing

Can't visit the Library?

  • If you can't visit the Library in Canberra then you can use Trove to see if the item is available at a library closer to you.
  • Another option is to request an item be delivered to your local library. Your local library will be able to tell you about this service, called interlibrary loan, including how much it costs.

More help

  • Ask a Librarian for help via email or phone.
  • Come along to one of our free Learning Program sessions. See what's on for times and to make a booking.