The image viewers will be temporarily unavailable Thursday 1 June between 1 pm - 4 pm (AEST) on the Library website and old catalogue. We apologise for any inconvenience.   

Using the Library

Accessing the collection

Using the Library's collections

Requesting collection items for use in the reading room, and where to collect and return items.

Special Collections

Requesting original material and rare printed material from the Library's special collections. 

Getting copies

Ordering copies of collection items, such as an article from a journal or a chapter from a rare book.

Ordering digital images and archival prints

Ordering digital images for digitised and undigitised materials, including those from Special Collections. 

Researching your family history

Explore your family history using the Library's diverse and extensive collections and get help from the Library's specialist staff.

Card catalogues and indexes

Many hidden treasures abound in the card catalogues and indexes in the Mitchell Library Reading Room!


Access an extensive collection of local and international newspapers, in a range of physical and digital formats.

Visiting the Reading Rooms

Printing, copying and scanning

Self-service printing, scanning and copying, including wi-fi printing from laptops and mobile devices

Wi-fi printing

Sending files from your device to any printer in the Library. 

Study rooms

It’s free to book a study room online, you just need a Library card.


Computers available for use in the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room.  

Bags and lockers

Areas of the Library have bag restrictions. Lockers are available to store your bag if you are using these areas.