Rare book collections

Rare books

State Library rare book materials will now be viewed in the Reading Room on the 3rd floor of the State Library Building. A current Researcher's Ticket must be shown before access to the Reading Room will be allowed.

Viewing times for State Library rare books

Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. There may be a delay between requesting rare materials and having them made available in the 3rd floor Reading Room as retrieval from the rare book rooms is subject to staff availability.

Researcher's Ticket

Tickets will be issued by State Library staff at the 3rd floor reference desk. The ticket is valid for five years from date of issue. It is not transferable and must be shown to staff each time materials are requested or received. Some form of identification, such as a driver's licence, must be produced when applying for a Researcher's Ticket. Access to the Reading Room requires some restrictions on personal items due to security considerations. As no bags or books may be taken into the Battye Library on the 3rd floor, researchers may wish to use the lockers on the ground floor.


No rare book retrievals may be placed after 3:30 pm. Up to five items in total will be retrieved at any one time from the State Library rare book rooms.

Conditions of use

State Library rare book materials, because of their rarity, must be treated with great care:

  • Materials are not to be marked or damaged
  • Loose items should be left in their original order
  • Pencil only to be used for note taking
  • Post-it notes are not to be used.


State Library rare book materials may not be photocopied but there is a digital camera available so bring a USB with you.

End of use

When State Library rare book materials are no longer required, they should be handed to the staff member on duty. All materials should be returned by 4:30pm. Rare book materials cannot be removed from the Reading Room.

Research Collection of Children's Literature

This collection is intended primarily for the purpose of research and registration is restricted to researchers aged 18 years and over. Researchers requiring access to the collection for more extensive use will need to make a prior appointment with Research Collection of Children's Literature staff. Please direct enquiries about the collection to any of the reference desks.

These records are held in trust for future generations.

Your care will ensure their continued preservation.

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Page last updated: Monday 12 November 2012

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