Concept design of the Education and Community Precinct

In mid-2024 the Northern Territory Library is relocating from Parliament House to the new Charles Darwin University campus, the Education and Community Precinct (ECP) located on the corner of Cavenagh Street and Garramilla Boulevard in the Darwin city centre.

In preparation, the Northern Territory Library will be relocating some of its non NT related collection items from Parliament House to offsite storage facilities from 22 May 2023 to 12 June 2023. During this time collection items will be unavailable and Level 1 of the Library will be closed.

From 23 May 2023 if you wish to access collection items in storage please email, phone 1800 019 155, or speak to one of our friendly staff onsite.

Some collection items that are out of date and not related to the Northern Territory will be offered to libraries, schools and the community.

The Education and Community Precinct

The ECP is a centrepiece project of the Darwin City Deal and will revitalise the Darwin city centre.

The relocation of the Northern Territory Library to the ECP will improve the Library’s public visibility and accessibility, allowing Library & Archives NT to share the Territory’s rich and unique stories with new audiences.

The ECP will create a lifelong learning environment, from early childhood through tertiary study to adult learning, and whilst the Library will remain a separate institution, the co-location with CDU enables significant partnership opportunities to drive the generation of new knowledge about the Territory.

Read more about the Education and Community Precinct

Features of the New NT Library

The new Northern Territory Library will:

  • be open seven days a week and have longer opening hours
  • have a range of spaces including:
    • a new children’s library to introduce young people to the Territory’s history and cultures.
    • a dedicated learning space for schools and community use
    • permanent and temporary exhibition areas and an events space
    • collections relating to the Territory’s past, present and future, including lending collections, with new reading and outdoor terrace spaces
    • a separate reading room for those engaged in research with Library & Archives NT’s archival and special collections
    • oral history recording facilities
    • community meeting rooms.


Image: Concept design of the Education and Community Precinct

NT Library Prepares for Move to the Education and Community Precinct