Australian Capital Territory Archives and Libraries

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The Australian Capital Territory is home to a number of libraries and archival collections. As the site of the national capital, it hosts collections of national significance including specialist collections. The two universities have research and teaching libraries and institutional and specialist archives. The Parliament and public service have collections although these may have restricted access. The ACT Public Library and other community libraries have holdings of interest to family and local historians.

National Public Collections

National Archives of Australia

The National Office of the National Archives of Australia (NAA) is located in Parkes, ACT. The NAA is the official repository for the Commonwealth Government including the personal papers of Commonwealth officeholders and senior employees. It holds significant records of interest to family historians including military, immigration and naturalisation files. It also offers advice about conserving your personal archives.

Street address Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes, ACT
Postal address PO Box 7425, Canberra Mail Centre, ACT 2610
Phone +61 (0)2 6212 3600
Fax +61 (0)2 6212 3699

If you are unable to visit Canberra to use the reading room, you may be able to request copying or use a professional researcher.

Access Reader's Ticket
A closed period of 30 years applies to most records. Some are redacted or withheld on national security grounds. Not required to search/browse collection online, but issued to all researchers who wish to request material.

National Library of Australia

The National Library of Australia (NLA) claims to hold "the greatest collection in the world of material relating to Australia and the Australian people. It ranges from the earliest European works about the Great Southern Land to the most current publications. The collection includes all formats of material, from books and magazines to pictures, photographs, maps, sheet music, oral history recordings, manuscript papers, ephemera and much, much more".

Street address Parkes Place, Canberra, ACT
Postal address Parkes Place, Canberra 2600
Phone + 61 (0)2 6262 1111
Fax +61 (0)2 6257 1703
Email Online enquiry form