The collections held in the National Library of Australia reflect all Australians from all walks of life. By collecting today what is important tomorrow, we aim to better tell the stories and history of Australia, including those of First Australians. Here, you will find everything, from history, culture, language and knowledge—full of truths, half-truths and frank misunderstandings. We understand that our collections have the power to grow, to heal and to wound.
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Your National Library card
A National Library card is your ticket to access millions of items from our collections, onsite or online, wherever you are. Getting a Library card is free to all Australian residents and signing up is simple.
With your Library card, you can:
- Use books and other collection items in our reading rooms
- Access online databases through our eResources portal, from anywhere in Australia
- Top up your balance to print, photocopy and scan in our reading rooms