As a part of the National Library’s ongoing Reading Room Integration Project, a new Newspapers and Family History zone will open in the Main Reading Room at 10 am on Monday 4 May 2015. All newspapers, microform collections, scanning equipment and family history resources will then be located within the expanded Main Reading Room on the ground floor. The new service will have the same opening hours as the Main Reading Room.

The current Newspapers and Microforms Reading Room will remain accessible until close of business on Thursday 30 April.

The new area within the Main Reading Room will also include seating to read current newspapers.

In June, the construction focus will shift to the lower ground floor to create an expanded café and informal seating area with improved Internet access. Later in 2015, the entire ground floor will become publicly accessible with the opening of a quiet study area in the expanded Main Reading Room.