Access & opening hours

Temporary reading room relocation November 27 to December 15 2023.

From 27 November 2023 to 15 December 2023, the ANU Archives Reading Room will be relocated due to building works.

If you are planning to visit after 20 November, please contact us now to make arrangements for your research. You can reach Archives staff via email or phone 6125 2219.

During building works in the Menzies Library, ANU Archives materials will be available in an alternative space in the building. To ensure we have availability and are able to have requested materials ready when you arrive, please contact us to plan your visit in advance. 


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 2023:

Public holidayDate
Australia Day holidayThursday 26 January 2023
Canberra DayMonday 13 March 2023
EasterFriday 7 April to Monday 10 April 2023
ANZAC DayTuesday 25 April 2023
King's BirthdayMonday 12 June 2023
Reconciliation DayMonday 29 May 2023
Labour DayMonday 2 October 2023
Christmas & New Year closure16 December 2023 - 14 January 2024   

Request material in advance

Requested archives are delivered from our offsite repository at 2.30pm each day. Archives ordered after 12.30pm 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.

Reference documents

Use contact details to request an alternative file format.


  •  Noel Butlin Archives Centre
     +61 2 6125 2219