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The National Library is a reference library—you can use collection items in our reading rooms but you can't take them home. You can use your library card to print, copy and scan in the reading rooms.

If you can't make it to the Library we have copying and interlibrary loans services for individuals and for libraries.

Digital reproductions and interlibrary loans for individuals

Use our Copies Direct service to order digital reproductions of material from our collection, from other libraries and to order interlibrary loans. Our Copies Direct interlibrary loan service can be used by people who are able to visit the National Library in Canberra. We offer Digitisation on Demand services in accordance with our Interlibrary Loan Policy.

Selected material from our collection may be available through interlibrary loan upon request by another Library. Contact your local library for details.

Digital reproductions and interlibrary loans for libraries

We provide digitisation on demand services from our comprehensive collections through the LADD Service. Please note that we are implementing a digital-first approach to supply, and physical loans are not currently available as we transition our services. We are able to supply full digital items where requests comply with copyright and other rights.  You can access collections of other libraries in Australia and around the world through our Supply 1 service.

Copyright in Library collections

We have general guidance on copyright and requirements when using and copying from our collections.

When you make copies of material from our collections or order reproductions through our services you need to meet the requirements of the Australian Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) and any special requirements that may apply to material that is rare, unique or culturally sensitive.