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

Friday 26 January 2018

Canberra Day

Monday 12 March 2018


Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April 2018

Anzac Day

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Reconciliation Day

Monday 28 May 2018

Queen's Birthday

Monday 11 June 2018

Labour Day

Monday 1 October 2018

Christmas & New Year closure

24 December 2018 - 2 January 2019        

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 rare books and University Archives and for quiet study.  Because the vast majority of ours holdings are unique, rare, or extremely fragile, we ask users to help us preserve these materials by following these special handling requirements by observing the Reading Room rules.