People who seek certain information are often faced with a gargantuan challenge in locating references they need. With millions of printed materials to peruse, many libraries have established a more convenient scheme to aid researchers discover the right resources they are looking for.
The National Library of Australia has a system called the Australian Name Authority File to help users locate file materials more accurately and conveniently. With practically over a million of comprehensive compilation of iconic photographs and Australian artifacts a filing system would really prove to be valuable.
Conveniently located in Canberra, the National Library of Australia is a sight to behold. Colorful windows created by an Australian artist Leonard French and reclining sculptures by Henry Moore makes it one of the primary tourist attractions in Australia. Established way back in 1960, the library was initially a part of the Federal Parliamentary Library. The building is built on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin and the Parthenon inspired its structural design. The National Library of Australia has a copy of every published book in Australia, as dictated by the Australian Copyright Act. This makes it one of the most reliable destinations for researchers, students, and scholars.
The National Library of Australia boasts over five million books, along with a great number of manuscripts, maps, and paintings. There are also a large collection of letters and journals, oral histories, magazines, pictures and videos. A gallery is accessible to accommodate an extensive collection of historical pieces that showcases the rich history of Australia. Internet access terminals and wireless access are also readily available.
The library has a “closed access policy” which means the public could not just walk in and browse through its 40 kilometers of shelves. A person needs to submit an e-call slip and is required to wait for about 30 minutes to access the material requested. There are seven reading rooms inside the library which has a number of facilities researchers would often need such as photocopying facilities and computers.
An information desk is located in the front foyer to accommodate inquiries and provide directions. An Exhibition Gallery can also be found on the ground floor and hosts a number of major exhibitions yearly.
If you ever decide to visit the land down under, make sure to stop by the National Library of Australia to really appreciate the rich and vibrant heritage of the country. It is simply not enough to visit the tourist destinations; it would also be great to read about the historical background of each site you have visited. This would make your trip more interesting and enlightening.