Edmund and Joanna Capon Research Library
Our research library has one of the most outstanding collections of fine art publications, rare books and manuscripts in Australia. It also houses the archives.
The library’s catalogue reflect the Gallery’s artwork collection areas, with an emphasis on Australian and British art and in more recent years contemporary art, Asian art and photography. Our ephemera files documenting Australian art and artists now comprise over three-quarters of a million items, beginning with early exhibition catalogues and pamphlets through to catalogues and reviews of current shows. The library also holds extensive files on Australian art societies, competitions, prizes and art institutions as well as press clippings on the arts.
Reference librarians are available to assist with research and answer enquiries. Researchers outside Sydney can send enquiries by letter or fax or use our online Reference enquiry form.
All resources must be used on site. We do not lend to the public or issue inter-library loans.
Free library tours and instruction in the use of our resources are available by appointment.
Photocopying is available. Charges are 20c (A4) and 30c (A3) for black-and-white and $2 (A4) and $3 (A3) for colour, per page. You are welcome to bring a digital camera to photograph material instead.
Limited facilities are provided for audiotapes and video.
Our reading room can accommodate 30 researchers. There are power points for personal computers but no wireless internet access.
Library and archive
new opening hours
Open to the public
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am–4pm
No appointment necessary
Conditions apply to accessing archive
Physical access to the library and archive for those who cannot use the stairs can be arranged with prior notice (preferably one working day):
tel 02 9225 1738