You can access the front entrance and the Main Reading Room through automatic doors. All other areas on the Ground Floor, including the Bookshop, the exhibition gallery and bookplate café, are accessible through open doorways.

There are 15 stone steps leading to the front entrance. The steps have hand rails that are lit at night. Eight accessible car spaces are available in the carpark off Parkes Place on the south side of the building. Signage and road markers will show these areas.


You can access the building by ramp on the south side of the building or make arrangements to enter on Lower Ground Floor 2 (LG2) by telephoning security on 02 6262 1376.

map of the library showing disabled parking and access ramp with the wording - Eight accessible car spaces are available in the carpark off Parkes Place on the south side of the building

Lifts and phones

Our lifts have control panels that are at a convenient height for people in wheelchairs. On the lower ground floor, opposite the lift lobby, we have a public telephone that accepts coins and phone cards.

Visual and hearing aids

In the Main Reading Room you can use:

  • MyReader2 enlarger for magnifying images onto a computer screen
  • JAWS screen-reading software
  • computers with large screen and trackball mouse
  • magnification aids.

If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment, contact us through the National Relay Service TTY: 133 677, Speak and Listen: 1300 555 727, Internet:

The Library's Theatre on the Lower Ground Floor 1 (LG1) is fitted with a hearing induction loop for improved sound quality for visitors with hearing aids. Hearing loops are now available in the Conference room and the Ferguson room.


Wheelchairs are available from the cloakroom on the Ground Floor. All reading rooms have wheelchair-accessible desks. Access to the information desk, the issues desk and some of the desks for using the catalogue are designed for access by people in wheelchairs.

Wheelchair-accessible toilets are situated on the Lower Ground Floor (LG1).


Automated Teller Machine

An ATM, which accepts most cards, is available opposite the lift on Lower Ground Floor 1 (LG1). The next closest ATM is located at Coffers Cafe in the Treasury building across King Edward Terrace.

Change machine

There is a change machine in the Main Reading Room (Ground Floor).

Copiers and printers

You can copy and print documents in most reading rooms. Please ask Library staff about digital photography.

Self-service lockers

You are requested to store large bags, coats, umbrellas or other large objects in our free self-service lockers located on Lower Ground 1 (LG1).

Lost property

Enquiries about any item of lost property can be directed to the Foyer Information Desk.

Computers and wi-fi access

You can access the internet in most reading rooms. Email access is available in the Main and Special Collections Reading Rooms. Microsoft Word 2007, Excel 2007 and PowerPoint 2007 are available on most computers in the Main Reading Room (MS Word 2003 is supported).

Wi-fi network access is available to all visitors who bring a device that is capable of connecting to a wireless network (for example, a laptop computer, mobile telephone or personal digital assistant). Registration as a National Library Reader is not necessary. No login or password is required but there are terms and conditions of use which you must read and agree to in order to connect.

Please take the time to also read the Library’s acceptable use of information and communication technology policy.