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AGSPS Professional Development Guide: National and State Libraries

National and State Library access

The National Library of Australia and all Australian state and territory libraries subscribe to journal databases for the use of their registered members.  Registration is free and can be completed online.

Tip: Check out your local library as well.  Some public libraries may have journal database subscriptions.

Find your nearest library:

In Australia


National Library of Australia

The National Library of Australia subscribes to a number of journal databases, accessible online from outside the library, including business, literature, arts, social science, health and multidisciplinary databases.  You must have a National Library of Australia library card to access these resources.  To be eligible for a library card you must live in Australia and supply an Australian residential address.

More journal databases are available from inside the National Library.

There are three levels of access to the National Library’s eResources:

  • Freely available – accessible to anyone online
  • Licensed resources – available to registered members who hold a NLA library card
  • Onsite resources – accessible in the NLA building only.

Also try Trove to find and get Australian and online resources: books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more.

State Libraries

Your State Library provides free access to online journal articles to registered members.

Each State Library generally allows access according to the condition that you are:

  • a resident of that state;
  • a registered member of that Library;
  • read and agree to the conditions of use

State Libraries:

State Library of New South Wales Application form
State Library of Queensland Application form
State Library of Victoria Application form
State Library of South Australia Application form

State Library of Western Australia

Application form
LINC Tasmania Application form
Northern Territory Library  

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