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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

Research library

We have a small, professionally-focussed research library tightly aligned to our collection and exhibition program. The main subject areas include portraiture, Australian biography, and Australian history. We also have a broad range of materials on international artists and art history.

Our Research Library is available by appointment to visiting professionals and bona fide scholars i.e. those writing relevant Honours, Masters or PhD theses.

We can accommodate your visit between 10:00am and 4:00pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Simply book your appointment by emailing library@npg.gov.au

We also honour the ‘Library of last resort’ principle, which lets all researchers – under supervision via an appointment – look at an item not available elsewhere.

External borrowing is possible through the Inter-Library Loans system. This means that you can look at the item at a participating library but not take it home. Ask your library if they offer this service.

Where can I see what books you have?

Our research library collection is available to peruse via our Library Catalogue.

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Contact

For any questions about our Research Library, or to make an appointment, please email library@npg.gov.au

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King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia

Phone +61 2 6102 7000
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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

This website comprises and contains copyrighted materials and works. Copyright in all materials and/or works comprising or contained within this website remains with the National Portrait Gallery and other copyright owners as specified.

The National Portrait Gallery respects the artistic and intellectual property rights of others. The use of images of works of art reproduced on this website and all other content may be restricted under the Australian Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). Requests for a reproduction of a work of art or other content can be made through a Reproduction request. For further information please contact NPG Copyright.

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