Access & opening hours

2021 Christmas closure

The ANU Archives reading room will close from 5pm Friday 17 December 2021 and reopen 9am Monday 10 January 2022


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 2021:

Public holiday Date

Australia Day holiday

Tuesday 26 January 2021

Canberra Day

Monday 8 March 2021


Friday 2 April to Monday 5 April 2021

ANZAC Day Monday 26 April 2021

Queen's Birthday

Monday 14 June 2021

Reconciliation Day

Monday 31 May 2021

Labour Day

Monday 4 October 2021

Christmas & New Year closure

18 December 2021 - 9 January 2022     

Request material in advance

Requested archives are 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.