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Research Library

The Research Library of the National Museum of Australia was established in 1984.  It was developed to reflect the three interrelated themes outlined in the National Museum of Australia Act 1980 (the Museum Act), and to support the research, learning & public programs of the Museum.

Collection Development Areas
  • Australian anthropology and archaeology
  • Australian local histories
  • Museum studies and conservation
  • Corporate memory that relates to the Museum
  • Special subject collections created by influential figures, among which include:
    • Dr Bob Edwards (museum curator and entrepreneur)
    • Professor David Ride (cultural heritage management pioneer)
    • Professor Ken Inglis and Professor Bill Gammage (historians)
    • Mr Ernest Baldwin (steam engineering enthusiast and machinery engineer)
Resources, Services and Access
  • Our print collection of books and journals exceeds 40,000 items
  • Our catalogue is available globally for searching.  To conduct your own research please follow this link to our Search Page
  • Our collections are also discoverable via Trove (link opens new window)
  • External researchers are not permitted to borrow from the collection
  • We accept written enquiries by email to discuss potential access and/or requests for copying
  • According to the condition of the material, copying is available for a fee for which quotes can be provided  
  • We only accept interlibrary loan requests direct from libraries via LADD (with delivery available by email or post) and only from the general collection
  • We aim to answer public enquiries within 10 working days subject to staffing resources
  • For all offers of donation, please email the Museum’s Duty Curator with the relevant details


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Page last updated: 20 January 2017