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Update from the Gallery regarding COVID-19

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is open. We are observing strict physical distancing and hygiene measures to protect the health of visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Read the latest visit information, including hours

Online research tools

Our research library and archive is relocating to a new purpose-built, expanded facility within the building, which means that the collections will be inaccessible for several months. We apologise for this disruption to our service but look forward to assisting you in person and remotely in our new premises.

No reference enquiries by phone or online

From 7 November 2020 to 31 August 2021

No access to the library and archive

From 12 December 2020 to August 2021

Where to get help

In the meantime, depending on where you live, you may wish to contact your local public library, state library or state or regional art gallery for help with reference enquiries.

The following additional online research tools are also available.

Trove – Australian research portal by National Library of Australia

Getty Research Institute library catalogue

Library Hub Discover – UK and Irish libraries

Informit – Australian journal citations

Internet Archive


Art Discovery – international art libraries

Artists’ Signatures

Bridgeman Images

Getty Research Portal – digitised art history texts

Google Arts & Culture

Australia and New Zealand

Australian Art Sales Digest list of artists

Australian Dictionary of Biography

Australian Prints and Printmaking

DAAO Design and Art Australia Online

Digital NZ

If you are looking for a valuer or conservator

The Gallery is not able to provide appraisals, authentications or valuations of works of art or opinions on their merit, or to give conservation advice to individuals.

You may wish to contact an auction house, such as those listed on the ABC’s Auction Room website or on the Australian and New Zealand Art Sales Digest.

A list of licensed valuers is available on the Australian Government website for the Cultural Gifts Program.

A directory of conservators in private practice is available on the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM) website.