You can search the holdings of the Art Gallery of NSW research library and archive 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.
Catalogue online library catalogue
What is included
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 J, as at September 2015)
Artists archives now held in our archive
Other galleries and art societies archives now held in our archive
What is NOT included
Art Gallery of NSW administration archives and most ephemera – please visit or contact the library
Press clippings – see Press clippings database
Art prizes – see Prizes database
Auction catalogues – use Auction index
Art Gallery of NSW exhibition records – use Exhibition index
Auction index art auction catalogues, from 1886 to the present
We hold over 7700 catalogues of major and some minor auction houses in Australia and overseas. Our current focus is on Australian auction publications.
You can search online for auction catalogues by title, date and/or auction house.
To search for artworks sold at auction, please visit or contact the library. We subscribe to several Australian and international art auction price databases, which can only be used in the library at the Gallery. For more information, see Research tools.
Exhibition index exhibitions the Gallery has organised or hosted from 1872 to 2011
Some collection displays may not be included.
These exhibition records include exhibition titles, dates, curator(s), all exhibiting artists (under 'contents’) and exhibiting venues. If there is an exhibition publication, a link is provided to its record.
For information on more recent exhibitions, see the What’s on section of the Gallery website.