Maps Collections

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Key to library resources

Access anywhere with a library card In the Library (or anywhere with a Library card for NSW residents)
Available to access in the library Only in the Library
Publicly available online Publicly available

Visiting the Library

The first step in accessing maps from the Library collection, is to search the online catalogue.

If the map you're looking for isn't available online, you can visit the Special Collections area in the Mitchell Library Reading Room to use maps and other material from the Library’s special collections.

Librarians in this area can also help you with your research and using the collections, including our Ask a Librarian service if you can't visit in person.

How to request maps?

  • If you're in the Library, please speak to a staff member to discuss your request and complete a request slip.
  • If you want to request material before you visit the Library, complete the Access to Special Collections Request form. We’ll get back to you within 5 working days.

The access conditions and availability of the collection item will determine when it will be available for access. Staff may give you a microfilm or digital copy instead of the original. This is to help preserve the original.

You will need a Special Collections card to use material. 

  • You can sign up for a free card when you visit the Library. 
  • When you visit, you will need to show 2 forms of identification that together have your current address, photo and signature. 

You need to follow the Special Collections - Conditions of use guidelines when in the Special Collections area. These guidelines help us to protect and preserve the Library’s special collections for future generations.

You're not able to bring any bags into the Special Collections area. This includes handbags, camera bags and laptop bags. Lockers are available for hire in the Mitchell Library.

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