Maps: collection delivery changes 19 July to 27 August 2021

We have millions of items and counting – and we need store them in different places. Now, we are doing some maintenance and building works in the area where we store our maps collections.

Some physical maps may not be available to view in our reading rooms from 19 July to 27 August 2021.

Don’t forget, all online maps are freely available for download, in high resolution.

 

We operate a collection delivery service because most of our collections are held in closed book stacks not open for public browsing. Order material in advance via the catalogue and it will be delivered to the reading rooms for you to use.

Delivery schedules:

There are no collection deliveries to the reading rooms during evenings or on weekends. To use material on weekends, submit your requests through the catalogue before the cut-off times listed below.

Deliveries from onsite storage

This material is kept on site at the National Library of Australia. Request your material within the times below. When material is requested during the time periods below, delivery is usually within 45 minutes.

Material requested after the weekday cut-off will be delivered the next day, with the exception of material requested after 3.45pm on a Friday, which will be delivered the following Monday. Reading rooms are closed on public holidays, and so material requested after the cut-off on the previous regular weekday will be delivered on the next day that the reading rooms are open.

For example, to use onsite material on a Sunday, request it before 3.45pm on the previous Friday. To use onsite material as soon as the reading room opens on a Tuesday morning, request it before 5pm on Monday.

Main Reading Room Newspapers and Family History Reading Room
Monday to Thursday 10am - 5pm 10am - 3.45pm
Friday 10am - 5pm 10am - 3.45pm
Saturday and Sunday No deliveries. Request material by 3.45pm on Friday for use on weekends. No deliveries. Request material by 3.45pm on Friday for use on weekends.
Public holidays Closed Closed

Special collections deliveries from onsite storage

Our special collections comprise manuscripts, pictures, maps, oral histories, rare books, sheet music, ephemera and select Asian-language collections, and are clearly identified in the Library’s catalogue. Special collections are delivered to the Special Collections Reading Room three times a day, as outlined below.

Some manuscript collections require four weeks' notice for viewing. These collections are clearly identified in the catalogue.

Cut-off times for requests For delivery by
Monday to Friday

8.30am (overnight requests)

11.30am

2pm

10.30am

1.30pm

4pm

Saturday No deliveries. Request material by 2pm on Friday for use on Saturday No deliveries. Request material by 2pm on Friday for use on Saturday
Sunday Closed Closed
Public holidays Closed Closed

Deliveries from offsite storage

This material is kept at storage facilities in Canberra and is delivered to the National Library building once a day. To make the most of your time with offsite collection material, request it before 8am on the day you want to use it. Reading rooms are closed on public holidays, and material requested after the cut-off on the previous regular weekday will be delivered on the next day that the reading rooms are open.

For example, to use offsite material on a Monday, request it before 8am on the previous Friday. To use offsite material on a Wednesday where the day before has been a public holiday, request it before 8am on the previous Monday.

Collection material kept offsite is clearly identified in the catalogue and comprises mainly:

  • printed newspapers published before 1 January 2011 (microfilm holdings are stored on site)
  • overseas journals (magazines and serials) published before 1 January 2005
  • some manuscripts collection material
  • some overseas published material.

Check which reading room your offsite collection material will be delivered to, as the Special Collections Reading Room is not open on a Sunday, and so material delivered there will not be accessible if you visit on that day.

Cut-off times for requests For delivery by
Monday to Friday

8am

4pm

Saturday & Sunday

No deliveries. Request material by 8am on Friday for use on weekends

No deliveries. Request material by 8am on Friday for use on weekends