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Access Centres

Access Centres


Access Centres  

What is the Access Centre service? 

Lead time for Access Centre requests 


Access Centre locations 

Frequently Asked Questions  

Submit an Access request 


What is the Access Centre Service?

The NFSA’s Access Centre service provides research access to items from the collection in your nearest capital city. An advance booking is required and fees apply. 

The Access Centre service is available at the NFSA’s premises in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne, and through partnerships with other institutions in Brisbane, Darwin, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart. 


Lead time for Access Centre requests

A minimum lead time of 10 business days is required to enable our staff to: 

  • check if the items you have requested are held in an accessible format  
  • provide you with a quote for service   
  • arrange retrieval of any analogue access copies from our offsite vaults in Canberra and dispatch them to your preferred Access Centre location ahead of your visit  
  • connect you with our Access Centre partners so that you can make a booking.



Research and handling fees are charged in accordance with the NFSA Rate Card to facilitate Access Centre requests. 

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Access Centre Locations

All viewing and Access services at our Sydney and Melbourne offices are by appointment only. Please check the website of the relevant state library Access Centre below to confirm they are open. 


McCoy Circuit

Acton ACT 2601

Tel: +61 2 6248 2000

Toll Free: 1800 067 274

(within Australia)

Link: Google maps




Level 5, Building B, 33-35 Saunders St, Pyrmont NSW 2009

(by prior appointment)

Tel: +61 2 8202 0100

Toll Free: 1800 067 274 (within Australia)

Link: Google maps



The ABC office building on the corner of a street in Southbank, Melbourne.

Level 4, 120 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank VIC 3006

(by prior appointment)

Toll free: 1800 067 274 (within Australia)

Link: Google maps




State Library of Queensland

Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Bank

South Brisbane QLD 4101

Tel: +61 7 3840 7810

Link: Google maps



Northern Territory Library

4 Bennett St

Parliament House

Darwin City NT 0800

Tel: +61 8 8999 7177

Toll Free: 1800 019 155

(only available within Australia)

Link: Google maps



State Library of Western Australia

25 Francis St

Perth Cultural Centre

Perth WA 6000

Tel: +61 8 9427 3111

Fax: +61 8 9427 3256

Link: Google maps



State Library of South Australia

Cnr North Terrace and Kintore Ave

Adelaide SA 5000

Tel: +61 8 8207 7231

Fax: +61 8 8207 7247

Link: Google maps




State Library of Tasmania

Level 2, 91 Murray Street

Hobart TAS 7000

Tel: +61 3 6165 5538​

Fax: +61 3 6233 7902

Link: Google maps


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Frequently asked questions


Which collection items can be made available at an Access Centre?  

Collection items that have been digitised or that have an analogue format ‘Access Copy’ listed under ‘Holdings’ in the item’s catalogue record can generally be made available at an Access Centre. 


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While many access copies of materials are digital, others may be held on older formats such as DVD, VHS, CD, vinyl discs, audio cassettes and 16mm or 35mm film prints.  Not all analogue formats can be accessed at all Access Centres. 

Once our staff have received your enquiry, they will check our holdings and confirm which items can be made available. 


Can the NFSA digitise collection material for Access Centre requests?  

Our preference is to provide access to the collection in digital format wherever possible. If a collection item is not held digitally, we may be able to digitise it in order to make it available at an Access Centre but our staff will need to assess this on a case-by-case basis.


How long can materials be held at Access Centres?   

Collection materials dispatched to your nearest Access Centre are held for a period of up to two weeks from your booking date. If you require access to the materials over a longer timeframe, we can generally accommodate this. 


How does the NFSA provide access to original documentation and artefacts?  

Access to original documentation and artefacts is only possible at the NFSA’s Canberra premises and requires the prior approval of our curatorial and conservation staff. 

In some cases, permission may also be required from an item’s donor. Document and artefact access requests may therefore require a longer lead time than the standard 10 business days.  

Clients who want to access original documentation and artefacts should submit an Access enquiry form, and our staff will provide advice on a case-by-case basis.