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.
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.
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.
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.
The Gallery produces a range of publications, available through the Gallery Shop and in the research library and archive.
Links to Australian libraries and archives, international art libraries, art museum collections online and websites for biographical, image and art auction research.
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.
Last day 11 December
Tel 02 9225 1785