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The Library’s new Special Collections Reading Room opened in January 2015 and was visited by some 500 people on the first day. Users can now access manuscripts, maps, pictures, oral history, music, ephemera and rare printed collections in one place. This new reading room is open evenings and Saturdays although collection delivery is limited to weekdays. Please plan your visit in advance to make the most of your time at the Library.
The new Newspapers and Family History zone within the expanded Main Reading Room opened in May 2015. The newspapers, microforms collections, micrographics scanning equipment and family history resources previously housed in the Newspapers and Microforms Reading Room on the Lower Ground floor have moved up to the new Newspapers and Family History zone. The renovated facilities also include two bookable rooms for collaborative work.
In September 2015, an enlarged casual café, informal seating and study area with improved Internet access was completed on Lower Ground 1. This area includes free self serve lockers for visitors, an ATM, public phone and charging station for mobile devices.
As well as providing enlarged, integrated reading rooms, this building project has improved sustainability, upgraded building services such as air conditioning and fire systems, and met compliance requirements mandated in the Building Code.
The project was managed from within existing Government funding allocated to the National Library of Australia to maintain the building.
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