Between 10 pm Saturday, 11 July and 1 am Sunday, 12 July (AEST) access to the Manuscripts, Oral History and Pictures catalogue and the viewing of digitised items will be temporarily unavailable. We apologise for any inconvenience.


The Library's reading rooms are open. Before you visit, please read Visiting the Library. 



What's old is new again

The Library has recently acquired a highly detailed world map, published in London in 1798.  

New architecture for a new catalogue

A look 'under the hood' at the technical foundation for our new catalogue experience.

Photographic artists’ books

Three limited-edition photographic artists’ books — Signs & wonders by Stephen Dupont and Jacques Menasche, Farewell Angelina by Anna D’Addario and Duende by Peter Lyssiotis — were recently added to the Library’s collection.

Australian sport collections

A Foundation donor’s generosity and passion have helped open up the Library’s sport collections to everyone.

Adventures of Blue-eyed Patty

A small, ephemeral pamphlet is a superb addition to the Library’s rare books collection.

The world turned upside down

A punchbowl made of silver is an unusual piece of tableware to commission for a three-year voyage in search of the elusive Great Southern Land.

Evocative scenes of everyday life

The Library has recently acquired a unique oil painting by Australian artist Herbert Badham.

The travels of a permanent student

Adam Johnston’s February visit to the Mitchell Library Reading Room was his first. It wouldn't be his last. 

Bushwalking in the 1920s and 1930s

A collection of photographs from the 1920s and 1930s, depicting bushwalking in New South Wales has recently been acquired by the Library.

Designing our new catalogue

An introduction to our design and research approach for the Library's new catalogue.

You spin me right round

A new machine purchased by the Library late last year has sparked curious looks from staff and visitors to our Collection Care lab.

Our whole world spun

When the Library put out a call to see how readers were using the collection from home, a fascinating story came to light.

A joyous day of reading and discovery

Children’s author Sophie Blackwall spent an unforgettable day at the Library with an intriguing collection of diaries.

The shelf life of Zora Cross

The Australian writer Zora Cross was hailed as a genius and many expected her to endure as a household name.

Learning together in term two 

The Learning team has been working hard to develop additional resources and we’re excited to share these with you. 

Q&A with Adam Ferguson

We spoke to the Australian photographer whose photo story has won first prize in the 2020 World Press Photo Contest.