Whether you’re commencing your studies or heading back for your final year, the National Library has a great range of resources to help you – wherever you’re located in Australia.

Start by simply registering for a Library card. You can use your Library card to request items from the Library’s collections to use in our reading rooms. If you can’t visit the Library, you can also use your Library card to log in to more than 100 licenced databases from home.

Our e-Resources include free, licenced and onsite databases of full-text journals and recommended websites. Browse by category or check our featured online resources each month.

Our librarians have created online research guides on a wide range of topics. Learn about key resources and websites to help you find what you need.

Come along to one of our regular learning sessions to learn how to get started as a Library user, use academic databases, expand your research using maps, newspapers and oral histories, or get tips for researching your own family history.

Trove is the National Library’s award-winning free online discovery service, providing access to books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more. Create your own research lists and connect with other users with similar interests through the Trove Forum.

Got a research question? All you have to do is ask. Our Ask a Librarian service is here to help. We can’t do your assignment for you, but we can certainly help you track down unique research material and suggest useful resources. Our librarians are always on duty in the reading rooms - come and have a chat about your research. Or if you have a quick question, phone us, Tweet it or post it on our Facebookpage. If you have a more detailed question, fill in our online enquiry form.

If we don’t have what you’re looking for, arrange an interlibrary loan for use in our reading rooms. You can use our Copies Direct service to order copies of articles, chapters of books, photographs, pictures, maps, manuscripts, music, sound recordings from the Library’s collections, as well as the collections of other libraries.

Learn more in our how-to videos.

All the best for your studies - we look forward to hearing from you!