“Our role is to ensure that documentary resources of national significance relating to Australia and the Australian people, as well as significant non-Australian library materials, are collected, preserved and made accessible either through the Library itself or through collaborative arrangements with other libraries and information providers.”
There are a range of guided tours available that allow visitors to explore the library’s treasures, curiosities, art and architecture and the library hosts temporary exhibitions related history and culture. The library also has a bookshop and cafe.
"You can access the Library foyer, Main Reading Room and exhibition galleries through automatic doors. All other areas on the Ground Floor, including the Bookshop and Bookplate café, are accessible through open doorways.
There are 15 stone steps leading to the front entrance. The steps have hand rails that are lit at night. Eight accessible car spaces are available in the carpark off Parkes Place on the south side of the building. Signage and road markers will show these areas."General accessibility features:
Mobility accessibility features:
- Disabled parking access
- Level or ramp access to front entrance
- Automatic or easy open doors
- Wheelchair hire available
"You can access the building by ramp on the south side of the building or make arrangements to enter on Lower Ground Floor 2 (LG2) by telephoning security on 02 6262 1376."
Lifts and phones
"Our lifts have control panels that are at a convenient height for people in wheelchairs. On the Lower Ground Floor (LG1), opposite the lift lobby, we have a public telephone that accepts coins and phone cards."
"Wheelchairs are available from the Foyer Information Desk on the Ground Floor. All reading rooms have wheelchair accessible desks. There is a wheelchair accessible photocopier in the Main Reading Room.
Wheelchair accessible toilets are on the Ground Floor and Lower Ground Floor."Vision Information:
In the Main Reading Room you can use:
Hearing accessibility features:
- Optelec Clearview C video magnifier for magnifying images onto a computer screen
- JAWS screen-reading software (available on one computer)
- Trackball mouse
- On screen magnification
- Hearing loop or infrared assisted listening system
"The Theatre on the Lower Ground Floor is fitted with a hearing induction loop for improved sound quality for visitors with hearing aids. Hearing loops are now available in the Conference room and the Ferguson room."