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Update from the Gallery regarding COVID-19

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is open. We are observing strict physical distancing and hygiene measures to protect the health of visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Read the latest visit information, including hours


  • Artwork

    Find out how to access artworks in our collection online, at the Gallery or at our collection store, how you can reproduce images, borrow artworks or get information about artwork that you own.

  • Archives

    Our National Art Archive includes artists’ archives and papers and the records of commercial galleries, art societies and individuals as well as the Gallery’s own administrative records.

  • Research library

    The Edmund and Joanna Capon Research Library has one of the most outstanding collections of fine art publications, rare books and manuscripts in Australia, and it is open to members of the public. You can also search its catalogue and press clippings database online or make an online reference enquiry.

  • Study room

    In the study room you can see works on paper from the Gallery’s collection of over 21,000 prints, drawings, photographs and watercolours by Australian and international artists from the 15th century to the present day, as well as sketchbooks, artist books and printing blocks.

  • Gallery publications

    The Gallery produces a range of publications, available through the Gallery Shop and in the research library and archive.

  • Research tools

    Links to Australian libraries and archives, international art libraries, art museum collections online and websites for biographical, image and art auction research.

Temporary closure

Our research library and archive is relocating to a new purpose-built, expanded facility within the building, which means that the collections will be inaccessible for several months.

We apologise for this disruption to our service but look forward to assisting you in person and remotely in our new premises.

No reference enquiries by phone or online
From 7 November 2020 to 31 August 2021

No access to the library and archive
From 12 December 2020 to August 2021

In the meantime, see our research tools

Before we close

General access to the library and archive is not currently possible due to COVID-19 restrictions; however, researchers can make an appointment to visit, specifying the resources they wish to use in advance, with at least two days’ notice.
10am-4pm, Tuesday-Friday
Last day 11 December
Tel 02 9225 1785

Read the latest visit information

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Search the library and archive

See also

Annual reports
Gallery Shop