Australian Mediatheque

The NFSA in collaboration with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image invites you to experience the new national screen and sound culture resource centre, the Australian Mediatheque.

Opening hours and location

Monday to Sunday, 12 noon–5 pm
Level 1
Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Federation Square, Melbourne
Tel: (03) 8663 2255

Research bookings by appointment: Monday to Friday

Drop in to explore a wealth of Australian and international screen culture history, spanning film, television, digital culture, recorded sound and video art.

The Australian Mediatheque is a doorway directly into the nation’s audiovisual collections – the richly diverse collection held by the NFSA, and ACMI’s collection which explores the moving image in all its forms. The Australian Mediatheque also showcases work from content partners, including Australia’s television networks, screen culture bodies and film schools.

For creators, curators, programmers and researchers

The NFSA offers its regular expert advice and assistance to researchers and industry practitioners seeking to access the collection for new productions, exhibition, and research. ACMI staff provide guidance to the ACMI collection and technical assistance with all available formats.

These specialised collection access services continue to be available by appointment from Monday to Friday. A special viewing room, designed to meet your needs, is available for auditioning 16mm and 35mm film, analogue video formats, recorded sound and other collection material.

Australian Mediatheque: open to all

Admission is free. Proof of age may be required, as only age-appropriate material is made available to younger users. The Australian Mediatheque is suitable for visitors with special access requirements. There are several dedicated viewing booths that are fully wheelchair accessible.

Whether you pre-book or just drop in, there’s always something to do in the Australian Mediatheque.

Browse through a wealth of Australian and international screen and sound history with staff support and access services. Choose from our selection of digital on-demand works to our broader DVD and VHS collections and 16mm, 35mm film and sound recordings. Engage, learn and enjoy.

  • on-demand digitised film
  • highlights from over 100 years of film, across Australian and international classics
  • clips from Australian television
  • new media and video artworks
  • student and community-made short films
  • film stills, publicity materials and more
  • radio, broadcasts and music recordings
  • a changing selection of curated packages.

On-site facilities include:

  • viewing booths for singles, pairs or small groups with LCD screens and stereo headphones
  • search terminals to browse the collections
  • film vieiwing room equipped to view 16mm and 35mm films
  • a research desk for viewing printed materials
  • advice and assistance from specialist ACMI and NFSA staff.

Digital video on-demand > immediate viewing
DVD and VHS > same day viewing
16mm, 35mm, audio and all other titles > pre-order required

The full range of NFSA collection access services can be arranged through NFSA staff at the Australian Mediatheque.