The purpose of this statement is to let users of this website know what information is collected about them when they visit this site, how this information is used and if it is disclosed.

This statement has been prepared in accordance with the Federal Privacy Commissioner's Guidelines for Federal and ACT Government World Wide Websites.

Find out more in our Privacy Policy.

Please see the Trove Privacy Statement for information on how the Library manages privacy and personal information relating to Trove users, and library material available through Trove.

Recording your visit

When you look at NLA websites, we make a record of your visit and log the following information for statistical purposes:

  • your server address
  • your top level domain name (for example .com, .gov, .au, .uk)
  • date and time of your visit to the site
  • pages you accessed and documents you downloaded
  • the previous site you visited
  • type of browser you used.

No attempt will be made to identify individual users or their browsing activities except in the event that it is reasonably necessary for the enforcement of criminal law. In the case of the latter, we will comply with the Australian Privacy Principles in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) regarding the limits and protocols associated with disclosure of personal information.

Some sites use 'cookies' to track a particular user's access to a site. You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Service. Cookies are not used on this site to gather information about users interactions with this website with three exceptions:

  1. Within specific web-based applications, such as our online surveys, where they are used for session management purposes only.
  2. Google Analytics uses first-party cookies and JavaScript code to help analyse how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transmitted to Google. Google will use this information for the purpose of compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage.
  3. Google uses third-party cookies to track viewing behaviour when you watch YouTube videos embedded on the Library’s website. Google’s Privacy Policy contains more information about how they collect and use cookies.

You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser.

Recording your email address

We will only record your email address if you communicate with us. It will only be used for the purpose for which you have provided it (for example, in relation to the administration of Trove or another Library service). Your email address will only be used or disclosed for another purpose with your consent, if authorised or required by law, or otherwise in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). 

Collecting personal information

From time to time we will use electronic forms on this site to gather personal information for purposes directly related to a function or activity of the Library. When we do so we will let you know the purpose for which the information is being collected (including if the information is to be published), and the legal authority for the collection if it is authorised or required by or under law.

We will not collect or solicit personal information via this site which would be unlawful, unnecessary or unrelated to the functions or activities of the Library, or unfair or unreasonably intrusive.

Because there are risks associated with using the internet as a transmission medium, when we use electronic forms to collect information, where practicable, we will also provide you with other options for providing the information - for example, a paper form and mailing address and a telephone contact.

Credit card details collected via electronic forms on this site are encrypted for transmission using secure server technologies and are only made accessible to staff members authorised to complete the transaction.

Publishing personal information

We will only publish personal information on this site if it has been collected for this purpose with your knowledge or if you have consented to the disclosure. When giving such consent you should be aware that information published on this site is accessible to millions of users from all over the world, that it will be indexed by search engines and that it may be copied and used by any web user. This means that, once the information is published on this site, we will have no control over its subsequent use and disclosure.

Digital marketing

The third-party vendors, such as Google and Facebook, whose services we use, will place cookies on web browsers in order to serve ads based on past visits to our website. This allows us to make special offers and continue to market our services to those who have shown interest in our services.

The Library may from time to time utilise Facebook Advertising and Google Ads. We do this to understand and deliver ads and make them more relevant to you. Cookies also enable us to learn whether someone who saw an ad on Facebook or Google who later visited our website. The ultimate control of the dissemination of information gathered through Facebook Advertising and Google Ads resides entirely with these organisations. You can opt-out of through settings on your social media or website accounts.