Collection delivery times
We operate a collection delivery service because most of our collections are held in closed book stacks not open for public browsing. You need to order in advance via the catalogue.
Delivery schedules:
Delivered from onsite storage
Delivered from offsite storage
There are no collection deliveries to the reading rooms during evenings or on weekends.
To use material on weekends, submit your requests through the catalogue by 8am on Friday for material stored offsite and 2pm on Friday for material stored onsite. Find more information about delivery cut-offs below.
Delivered from onsite storage
This material is kept onsite at the National Library of Australia. Request your material within the times below. Delivery is usually within 45 minutes.
 Monday to ThursdayFridaySaturday & Sunday
Main Reading Room10am - 5pm10am - 3.45pmNo deliveries
Main Reading Room - Newspapers and Family History10am - 5pm10am - 3.45pmNo deliveries
Special collections delivered from onsite
Our Special collections comprise manuscripts, pictures, maps, oral histories, rare books, sheet music, ephemera and select Asian-language collections and are clearly identified in the Library’s catalogue. Special collections are delivered to the Special Collections Reading Room three times a day as below.
 Cut-off times for requestsFor delivery by
Monday to Friday
8.30am (overnight requests)
11.30am
2pm
10.30am
1.30pm
4pm
SaturdayNo deliveriesNo deliveries
SundayClosedClosed
Some manuscript collections require four weeks’ notice – these collections are clearly identified in the Library's catalogue.
Delivered from offsite storage
This material is kept at storage facilities in Canberra and is delivered to the National Library of Australia. Material kept offsite is delivered once a day.
 Cut-off times for requestsFor delivery by
Monday to Friday8am (overnight requests)4pm
Saturday & SundayNo deliveriesNo deliveries
Collection material kept offsite is clearly identified in the catalogue and comprises mainly:
Printed newspapers published before 1 January 2011 (microfilm holdings are stored onsite);
Overseas journals (magazines and serials) published before 1 January 2005;
Some manuscripts collection material;
Some overseas published material.
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