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About the Library

Contacting the Library

Location: The Library is located in the far wing of the Administration Annexe near the main Museum building on Acton Peninsula. The entrance to the Library is via a ramp on the left-hand side of the Annexe building. View the Library map.

Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - 9.30am to 4.30pm CLOSED WEDNESDAY

Postal address: GPO Box 1901, Canberra ACT 2601

Telephone: (02) 6208 5112

Email (to ask a question) and (to borrow materials - Museum staff only)

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Five people stand around a table oon which rests a large book. It is being held open, on a page showing a colour illustration of a small aminal, by a woman wearing white gloves.  

The Library of the National Museum of Australia was established in 1984 and has grown to a collection of more than 45,000 items.  Some of which are special collections as mentioned below.

Located in the Annexe and part of the Research Centre, the Museum’s Library has developed as a vigorous combination of scholarly special library and staff services library. Its holdings include collections of personal and professional papers and rare books, created by influential figures such as Dr Bob Edwards (museum curator and entrepreneur), Professor David Ride (cultural heritage management pioneer), historians Professor Ken Inglis and Professor Bill Gammage.

The library collection includes many books and serials relating to areas central to the Museum’s key themes of Australian history and society, people and the environment, and Indigenous history and culture. The library has strong holdings in museum studies and conservation. The Library is run by Ms Noellen Newton and Ms Naomi Newton, whose acknowledged strengths are their responsiveness to readers’ interests and requests.



Page last updated: 11 July 2014

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