Library & Archives NT offers a range of services, programs and facilities for every kind of visitor.
Library & Archives NT holds extensive published and archival collections documenting the Territory's history.
We will assist you to use these collections and to find information in a variety of ways. When self-help tools and resources do not guide you to the information you need, support is provided through a range of channels.
You can lodge your enquiry via our online portal, completing a webform, or via email, telephone or coming to visit us in person.
See the Library & Archives NT Research Enquiry Service Charter for more details.
Use this form to send your enquiry to the Ask LANT Enquiry Service or log into the Ask LANT Portal to sign up for an account and see the range of services available, including Interlibrary Loans.
We will acknowledge receipt of your enquiry within one business day and respond within 10 business days for most enquiries.
Phone us with your enquiry on 1800 019 155 or (08) 8999 7177 or to make an appointment with one of our staff members from the Access and Information Team who will be able to guide you through your research.
You can email your enquiry at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Library & Archives NT has three venues where you can search for and view collections.
Refer to What we Collect and Search Tools to identify collections you are interested in, and send us your enquiry so that we can assist you to locate the venue that holds the collections. See Visit Us for details.
Library & Archives NT is the Northern Territory's premier public research library and archival organisation and also supports the development of library services across the Territory. Our venues are located in Darwin and Alice Springs.
We invite you to participate at our events, explore our exhibitions and spaces for reading, research and study.
Events, Exhibitions and Awards
Library & Archives NT has a vibrant exhibitions and events program, presented throughout the year. Our iconic events program include awards, grants and lectures that celebrate the achievements of established and emerging writers, storytellers, historians and prominent Territorians and also support original research on Northern Territory history.
Our collections comprise a wide range of materials including community collections, government archives, published materials and ephemera.
Library & Archives NT is committed to providing the greatest possible access to material in our collections to support creativity, innovation and the development of new knowledge through research.
When using our collections you should be aware of your obligations regarding copyright, moral and cultural rights.
The digitisation team at Library & Archives NT work to preserve and document our collections and make them accessible online.
Our Copying Service can provide copies of material in our collections that is not yet digitised, high resolution copies of photographs that were originally digitised at low resolution, and copies of oral history recordings.
Intriguing and educational, instill a life-long love of Territory history by bringing your class to an education program at the Northern Territory Library. Or if you’re a student, our specialist staff can help you gain the research skills you need to achieve your academic goals.
Parliamentary Library Service
Based at the Northern Territory Library in Parliament House, the Parliamentary Library Service provides specialist information service to the Members of the Legislative Assembly and their staff, as well as the Department of the Legislative Assembly.
Services to Public libraries
Library & Archives NT supports the Northern Territory’s public library sector in a range of ways and works to ensure the sector remains strong and vibrant.
Library & Archives NT is responsible for managing, preserving and providing access to government archives in accordance with the Information Act 2002. These functions include:
- Appraising government records, including approving and publishing records disposal schedules
- Transferring government archives
- Preserving government archives
- Providing access to government archives
- Providing standards for the management of permanent records