The National Library of Australia
is the largest reference library of Australia
, responsible under the terms of the National Library Act
for "maintaining and developing a national collection of library material, including a comprehensive collection of library material relating to Australia and the Australian people."
The National Library of Australia, while formally established by the passage of the National Library Act, 1960
, had been functioning as a National Library rather than strictly a Parliamentary Library, almost since its inception.
In 1901 a Commonwealth Parliamentary Library was established to serve the newly formed Federal Parliament of Australia. From its inception the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library was driven to development of a truly national collection. In 1907 the Joint Parliamentary Library Committee under the Chairmanship of the Speaker, Sir Frederick Holder
defined the objective of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library in the following words:The Library Committee is keeping before it the ideal of building up, for the time when Parliament shall be established in the Federal Capital, a great Public Library on the lines of the world-famed Library of Congress at Washington; such a library, indeed, as shall be worthy of the Australian Nation; the home of the literature, not of a State, or of a period, but of the world, and of all time
The present library building was opened in 1968. The foyer is decorated in... Read More