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.

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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 currently accepting new submissions for consideration, and open to submissions from diverse authors. Please review our publishing guidelines and our submission guidelines for submitting your proposal to ensure we’re the right fit for your book.

Submissions that meet both our publishing and submission guidelines can be emailed to Please note that the process of reviewing submissions can some time. 

Booksellers and retailers

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

New South Books

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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.

Story time Agreement 2021

In order to support schools, bookshops and public libraries impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, NLA Publishing is permitting teachers, librarians and booksellers to create and share story time and read-aloud videos and live events of NLA Publishing books.

This policy is temporary and will remain in force until 31 December 2021. Once this period has ended, teachers, librarians and booksellers agree to destroy all recordings and take down any online recordings.

Please contact to confirm the details of your event or usage.

Mountains: Over Australia's Blue Horizon

Alasdair McGregor, with a foreword by Greg Mortimer

Wiradjuri Country

Larry Brandy

The Last Dragon

Charles Massy and Mandy Foot

Blog posts from NLA Publishing

14 Jan 2022   Blog

The Monaro Grassland Earless Dragon

Learn about one of Australia's rarest reptiles in this essay by author Charles Massy.

12 Oct 2021   Blog

Forgotten objects inspire creativity in The Imagineer

Christopher Cheng tells stories inspired by household objects.

22 Jan 2021   Blog

Belinda Murrell on writing memoir

People often used to ask me, ‘have you ever thought about writing a book with your...