About the library collections

The Territory has a long and rich tradition of stories and knowledge, from those of Indigenous peoples of this country to those of more recent pioneering and immigrant communities. 

The Northern Territory Library aims to comprehensively collect the documentation of this history in all its forms, including all information published in and about the Territory. This includes the collection in print and/or digital form of published books and journals, newspapers, ephemera and grey literature, maps, photographs, websites, multimedia and personal and organisational archives.

You can read more about the library's collecting strategy in the Northern Territory Library Strategic Plan.

How you can help

The library is always on the lookout for additions to our collections, and if you don't know what to do with that box of old photos or the storeroom full of records, contact the Northern Territory Library.

For more information about donating to the Northern Territory Library go to donating to the library page.


The Northern Territory Library's collections include:

The library's collections hold many treasures. Go to Territory Stories to discover some of them.

Legal deposit

Under the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 the Northern Territory Library should be provided with a copy of any document published in the Northern Territory.

For more information go to the legal deposit page.

Requests to remove online material

If you have concerns about any of the content in the Library’s digital collections (Territory Stories), please refer to the Library’s Takedown Request Policy

Community Stories

The library also supports communities to develop, manage and maintain their own digital collections of significant local historical and cultural materials through the Community Stories program.

Last updated: 28 November 2017