Reading Room

Pictures Reading Room

The Pictures Reading Room (Second floor) provides access to the Library’s 800,000 pictures including oil paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints, photographs, posters and objects of historical and documentary interest.

In the Pictures Reading Room visitors will also find:

  • books on  the history of Australian photography and Australian art history
  • open access black and white photographs of Australian people, places and subjects
  • magnifiers to view small photographs or slides
  • a light box for viewing transparencies and negatives
  • a colour printer.

After hours access to the Pictures Collection through the Petherick Reading Room may be possible by prior arrangement.