Before you visit
You will need to request records at least 5 business days in advance and book a time to visit.
Please contact us if you:
- need access to microfilm, audiovisual or large format records
- are seeking official access to the national archival collection.
There are a small number of free visitor car parks, including disability parking, at the Vicars Street entrance to the building. On-street parking is also available.
The nearest light rail stops are Well Station Drive, and EPIC and Racecourse. Check Transport Canberra for details.
Taxis can pick up and drop off passengers near the Vicars Street entrance to the building.
Taxi companies in Canberra include:
People who use a wheelchair can access the research centre through the main entrance on Vicars Street.
There are accessible toilets next to the research centre.
During your visit
Help with accessing the collection
Experienced reference staff can help you access the national archival collection.
Our orientation services are suspended until further notice. If you have a question about the collection please use our online request form.
Find out more about what to expect during your visit.
Camera stands are available for your use.
Please bring your own device to access the National Archives’ website and collection database, RecordSearch.
Free wi-fi is available.
There are several cafes within walking distance of the Peter Durack building. Please ask staff for directions.
To protect the health and safety of researchers and staff, the number of researchers allowed in the research centre at once is capped.
The research centre is closed from 1 to 1:30 pm for additional cleaning.
When you arrive please check in using the Check In CBR app. If you don't have a smartphone or can't use the app, our research centre staff can check you in.
Masks are optional.
If you are feeling unwell, please postpone your visit. We would love to see you when you are feeling better.