Donate to the ACT Heritage Library
Fiction and non-fiction
The ACT Heritage Library collects material that relates directly to Canberra and the ACT. ACT publishers, publishers of ACT based authors and self publishing authors are encouraged to lodge a copy of their publications.
The ACT Heritage Library collects ACT Government publications and the publications of other jurisdictions where the content relates to Canberra. Government agencies are encouraged to lodge a copy of relevant publications.
The ACT Heritage Library collects one copy of each edition of journals, newsletters, and other regular publications produced by Canberra community organisations, groups and businesses.
To lodge your publication with the ACT Heritage Library, please send copies to:
ACT Heritage Library
GPO Box 158
Canberra ACT 2601
Serials may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The ACT Heritage Library reserves the right to refuse or redistribute material that does not meet our selection criteria.
What, Why and How we collect
The ACT Heritage Library is a special service of Libraries ACT. It has the responsibility to collect, preserve and provide access to information relating to Canberra and the Australian Capital Territory.
We actively encourage the donation of personal, family, society and business records which document the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Australian Capital Territory.
The ACT Heritage Library does not automatically accept material offered for donation. Appraisal is conducted by specialist staff with reference to the Collection Development Policy. Other appraisal considerations include the context of existing collections, staff time, storage, conservation and other costs associated with acquiring and processing the records.
The appraisal process establishes whether the records contribute to documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the ACT sufficiently to justify permanent preservation. Appraisal also determines the processing priority for material which is accepted.
Pictorial images are subject to appraisal based on the need to provide unique ACT visual information with known contextual details such as location, name of photographer, identification of individuals photographed and approximate date.
Deed of Gift
A Deed of Gift is a legal agreement which transfers custody of records to the ACT Heritage Library, which holds the material on behalf of the ACT Government.
The agreement specifies any conditions the donor requires for access, copying and publication of the donated material. Where possible, the ACT Heritage Library will seek to acquire copyright via the legal agreement in order to ensure that future researchers are not disadvantaged by an inability to locate the copyright owners. In a minority of cases, where the records contain culturally sensitive or confidential information, access and copying may be embargoed.
The ACT Heritage Library prefers that no unnecessary restrictions on access (including online access to digitised/electronic donations) be imposed, but accepts that certain sensitive materials may require this and will ensure adherence to all such restrictions specified in legal agreements.
Preparing records for transfer
You can help us make your records accessible quickly by:
- Ensuring the records are in good order
- Centralising the transfer of records by having one office bearer responsible
- Packing the records into archive boxes
- Providing us with contextual information about your organisation
- Listing the contents of the boxes
Find out what to do next.