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. Please email for further advice, until our submissions portal is functional. 

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

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.


Blog posts from NLA Publishing

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...

15 Jan 2021   Blog

In the blood: Kate Forsyth on creativity and DNA

We all know that we inherit the colour of our eyes from our parents.If you sneeze...

23 Oct 2020   Blog

Interview with author Patricia Clarke

'Governess Wanted', The Courier (Hobart), 28 June 1848, educated middle-class women in 19th-century Britain, options...