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About the Library

The Research 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.

The Museum’s Research Library has developed as a vigorous combination of scholarly resources 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 Research 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 Research Library is run by Ms Noellen Newton and Ms Naomi Newton, whose acknowledged strengths are their responsiveness to readers’ interests and requests.


The Research Library is open to the public by appointment only. Please contact the Research Library by phone on 02) 6208 5112 or by emailing to arrange an appointment.

Postal address: GPO Box 1901, Canberra ACT 2601

Telephone: (02) 6208 5112


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Page last updated: 21 October 2016

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