NLA Publishing creates books that tell stories by and about Australians. We explore the Library’s extensive collections to share Australia’s culture and history.

Working with leading writers, illustrators and designers, we produce award-winning non-fiction and children’s titles in the fields of history, art, photography, the environment and literature. We shine a light on the Library’s treasures, interpreting them to offer a greater understanding of our country and its many peoples.

Buy our books

Our books are available from the National Library Bookshop and selected retailers.

Contact us

We’d love to hear from you! For all enquiries, please email


We are designing a new submissions process. In the meantime, please send proposals to

Please review our publishing guidelines before submitting your proposal to ensure we’re the right fit for your book.

In your proposal, make sure to include:

  • your full name and contact information (including any professional website or social media accounts you have)
  • a synopsis (no more than 1,000 words)
  • a sample chapter
  • your anticipated total word count
  • relevance of your book to the National Library collection
  • the unique value proposition of your book
  • target audience and marketing points.

It is likely that we will ask you for further information to complete your submission. Please note that our final response time on a submission can be 3 to 6 months.

Booksellers and retailers

NewSouth Books is the sole distributor for NLA Publishing. Please contact them directly to discuss stocking our titles.

New South Books

+61 (2) 4390 1300 | |

Rights and permissions

If you are a publisher interested in acquiring rights to our books, please email your request to

If you wish to reproduce any text extracts from a book published by NLA Publishing, you must request permission in advance, as the material is protected under copyright law. Please direct your request to

If you wish to reproduce an image from one of our books, please contact the National Library’s Copies Direct service.