We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of New South Wales stands.

Search the library and archive

You can search the holdings of the Art Gallery of New South Wales library, archive and children’s art library using the online library catalogue.
  • Cultural sensitivity warning

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that there are publications and records in the library and archive containing the names and images of deceased people, as well images and descriptions of objects, performance, designs and sites that are culturally sensitive. Please be aware that in some of the records and published works you may encounter words, terms or descriptions that reflect the social attitude of the period in which they were written.

  • What’s in the catalogue, and what’s not

    What’s included in the catalogue

    • Australian and international books, journals, rare and folio publications, exhibition catalogues and audiovisual material (eg DVDs)

    • Artists books (under ‘special editions’)

    • Artists’ personal libraries (under ‘bequests’)

    • Ephemera files for Australian artists (surnames from A to R, as at December 2022)

    • Artists archives now held in our archive

    • Other galleries and art societies archives now held in our archive

    • Art auction catalogues from 1886 to the present

    • Exhibitions the Art Gallery has organised or hosted from 1872

    What’s NOT included

    • Art Gallery of New South Wales institutional archives and most ephemera – please visit or contact the library

    • Art prizes – see Prizes database

    • Recent, current and upcoming exhibitions – see What's on

    • Artworks sold at auction – please visit or contact the library, as we subscribe to several Australian and international art auction price databases that can only be used onsite