The Library delivers about 200,000 physical items - either in the reading rooms or offsite.
The Library’s oral history and folklore collection dates back to the 1950s.
The Library holds approximately 10 million collection items - enough total shelf kilometres to link Canberra to Sydney!
The Library building holds 12,000 square metres of books on two levels.
Access the Library’s collection of Asian language - Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Khmer, Lao, Burmese, Manchu, Mongolian and Tibetan - resources.
Find your family history; consult electoral rolls, shipping records, newspapers and journals
Ask the friendly staff for advice.
The Library welcomes about half-a-million visitors to the building each year.
Garnkini on the hill by Mabel Juli
The original card catalogue designed by Fred Ward
My homage to the Leonard French windows, which grace the Library’s bookshop and cafe in the foyer.
The original cane waste paper baskets designed by Fred Ward
There are more than 24 million newspaper pages freely available online.
Pigeon holes for the Petherick Readers, who do advanced research at the Library.
The Library holds more than 1.2 million pictures, some of them on racks to protect their ornate frames.
The Library holds 1 million maps and 1 million aerial photos.
Bookplate and Paperplate are popular cafes at the Library
These chutes were used in the Main Reading Room to deliver book requests to and from the Library stacks.
Repairing books, patching textiles, and generally preserving the collection
‘The death of Captain Cook’ by George Carter hangs in the permanent Treasures Gallery