Access & opening hours


The archives are available to ANU staff, students and members of the public. You do not need an appointment to visit but it is essential that you first contact us to discuss your query or research topic.

The Reference Archivist will help you identify relevant records and assess whether they are open for access. Access to some records may be restricted or the permission of the owners of the material may needed before use. The Archives will seek permission to use these records on your behalf.

All researchers are required to sign an Access Agreement.

Opening hours

The reading room is open from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday excluding public holidays.

Note that the reading room will be closed on the following days in 2018:

Public holiday Date

Australia Day holiday

Monday 27 January 2020

Canberra Day

Monday 9 March 2020


Friday 10 April to Monday 13 April 2020

ANZAC Day Monday 27 April 2020

Reconciliation Day

Monday 1 June 2020

Queen's Birthday

Monday 8 June 2020

Labour Day

Monday 5 October 2020

Christmas & New Year closure

24 December 2020 - 1 January 2021      

Request material in advance

Material is delivered from our offsite repository at 2.30 pm each day. Archives ordered after 12.30 pm will be delivered the following afternoon.

Researching in the Archives Reading Room

The Archives Reading Room is reserved for users of archives and rare books and for quiet study.  Because the vast majority of our holdings are unique, rare, or extremely fragile, we ask users to help us preserve these materials by following the Reading Room rules.