Reading rooms

Julie Ennor-Jones and Vida Mary Piper in the Canberra reading room, 2009

View original records, including documents, maps and audio-visual material, in our reading rooms in each capital city.

If you are planning a visit to our reading rooms, check the location of the records you wish to see and whether they are available for viewing. Records can only be viewed at the state or territory office where they are held.

Submit your request to view records at least a week before your planned visit so that we can retrieve them from offsite storage.

Records need to be access examined before they can be viewed. You can see if a record is 'open' or 'open with exception' by using our online database RecordSearch.

You can also use RecordSearch to:

  • view online digital copies of records
  • order copies of records
  • register as a researcher (if you wish to view records in a reading room)
  • request to view 'open' or 'open with exception' records in a reading room
  • request to have records access examined.

Please note, as of Friday 1 November 2013, Saturday access to the National Archives reading rooms in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane will no longer be available. For information on our reading room opening hours, see Fact Sheet 1 - Reading room addresses and hours of opening.

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