We’re currently making major improvements to our heritage building.
These improvements will take place on a rolling basis and different collection storage areas will be impacted at different times. This means that access to parts of our collection will be temporarily impacted between now and June 2025.
If you are planning to visit the Library for research and you would like to know more about the availability of specific collection items, please contact our Ask a Librarian service.
Keep reading for more information and answers to some commonly asked questions.
On this page
- Why does building work impact collection access?
- What collections are impacted and when?
- How will I know if the material I want is available?
- If I’ve requested something that is unavailable, how will the Library tell me that my request can’t be fulfilled?
- When will my requested material become available again?
- Can I still order copies if the material is unavailable?
- I’m visiting during the building works period. If I request my material before works start, can I extend the reserve period from seven days?
- Can I increase the number of items I can request?
- How can I find out if you have another copy of the item I want?
- Will access to online material be impacted?
Building works are taking place throughout the building, including in dedicated collection storage areas.
We're implementing protections to make sure that our material is safe. These protections also mean that Library staff are unable to access some items.
The building works schedule may change and you should always check collection availability before you visit. You can also request information about the availability of items via our Ask a Librarian service and we will advise if the requested material can be retrieved or digitised.
To help you plan your requests, the following three tables outline what collections are currently unavailable, the collections closing soon, and what is currently available:
Collections currently unavailable
|Collections impacted||Access status|
Pictures Collections - Hanging Art Works on screens
Please contact our Ask A Librarian service for information about Pictures Collections availability
|Unavailable May 2023 to September 2024|
Collections closing soon
|Collections impacted||Access status|
|Ephemera collections stored on Lower Ground 1||Unavailable February 2024 through to end of April 2024|
|Rare Books and Fragile Collections stored on Level 2||Unavailable 1 June 2024 through to 1 September 2024|
|Asian Collections stored on Level 3||Unavailable 1 July 2024 through to 30 June 2025|
Collections currently available
|All offsite collections||Available|
|Australian Collections (Quarto size) & some serials||Available|
|Australian Formed Collections||Available|
|Newspapers and Microform||Available|
|Oral History Collection||Available|
|Overseas Monographs and Serials||Available|
|Rare & some Asian Language Collections||Available|
|Pictures Collections (excluding Hanging Art Works on screens)||Available|
The status of items is listed in the catalogue under the 'Request this item' heading.
The 'Collect From' and 'Delivery Conditions' lines may contain information about whether an item is available. For serial publications like magazines and journals, and manuscripts and pictures, the 'Select' button will still be active. If there is an option to 'Select' the item, you can log in and send a request. If the volume you have requested is available, it will be retrieved.
If no 'Select' button appears under the 'Request this item' heading, it is not currently available.
If I've requested something that is unavailable, how will the Library tell me that my request can't be fulfilled?
If your requested item is unavailable, you will be notified via your catalogue account. Please login to your account to check the status of your requests. You will also be notified via an automated email.
Building works will occur in different areas of the Library at different times until June 2025. Some collections are spread across more than one storage area.
Contact our Ask a Librarian service for more detailed information on specific items.
We can't provide copies if the material is unavailable. If we can't fulfil your request, your Copies Direct order will be closed. You can place a new order once the material becomes available.
I'm visiting during the building works period. If I request my material before works start, can I extend the reserve period from seven days?
You can request an extension by contacting our Ask a Librarian service well ahead of your visit. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis depending on the timing of your visit.
The reserve period for manuscripts can't be extended.
If you are visiting for a short period of time to undertake extensive research, an increase to the number of other items you can request may be possible. Contact our Ask a Librarian service well ahead of your visit for more information.
The limit on manuscripts can't be raised.
The catalogue provides information on materials in different formats, locations and editions. Check the catalogue listing for your item to find out if we have another copy. You can also check whether the item is available online via eResources. Click on the 'Help' tab for more information on how to search eResources.