It is now much easier to locate hard-to-get books, pictures and maps in Australia now that the National Library of Australia has launched their Libraries Australia project to connect all Australian libraries and their 40 million-strong collections on the internet.
Libraries Australia lets you discover what’s in Australian libraries .. locate books, copy portions of them or buy them from online stores including Amazon.
The massive Libraries Australia service (http://www.librariesaustralia.nla.gov.au) has enough diversity to take a researcher’s breath away; it aims to find every book available in 800 libraries around the country.
With one search, online readers can look up titles held anywhere from humble local branches to specialist research collections, says the National Library of Australia assistant director-general of resource sharing, Tony Boston.
“You’ll be able to see where Australian libraries hold the item and you may order a copy and have it sent to you electronically,” Boston says.
Libraries Australia is unique. No other country in the world has an equivalent national database representing the nation’s library collections.
This National Library initiative is only possible through the financial support of Australian libraries, which will continue to pay an annual subscription. In particular, the continued support of the state and university libraries has been vital to the ongoing viability of Libraries Australia, both through their financial assistance and the contribution of catalogue records of new Australian titles to the database.
Libraries Australia contains information about more than 40 million books, journals, newspapers, pictures, maps and much more, located in 800 libraries across Australia . Over 600 000 of these resources are available immediately online.