Two people sitting and reading books in the Petherick Reading Room

The Petherick Reading Room is co-located with the Special Collections Reading Room on the First Floor.

It provides facilities and privileges for a select group of readers who are undertaking advanced research and require intensive access to the National Library’s collections.

Readers may apply for Petherick Reader status if they are undertaking advanced research or need intensive use of the Library’s collections onsite, for example if writing a book or doing other long-term or in-depth research, or undertaking short-term projects as a visiting scholar.

Library staff review applications for Petherick Readers’ cards according to criteria such as the reader’s proven record of research or a demonstrated need to use a significant amount of material relevant to the Library’s collection strengths.

Successful applicants are issued with a Petherick Reader’s card granting Petherick status for a time period that is appropriate to the expected duration of the research.

If you are undertaking advanced research or need to make long-term use of the Library’s printed collections you may apply for a Petherick Reader’s card.

The Petherick Reading Room is open Monday to Thursday 10am–8pm and Friday to Saturday 10am-5pm. The Petherick Reading Room is closed on Sundays and public holidays.