Giving to libraries

Our national and state libraries welcome gifts of time, money and significant items for their collections. Donations and bequests are used to support exhibitions, special programs and research fellowships.

If you would like to become a Friend, Patron or Volunteer, find out more by visiting the libraries' own websites.

National Library of Australia

ACT Heritage Library

LINC Tasmania

Northern Territory Library

State Library of New South Wales

State Library of Queensland

State Library of South Australia

State Library of Victoria

State Library of Western Australia

Public libraries are funded by State, Territory and local governments. Talk to your local library manager about Friends groups for local fundraising, and opportunities for volunteering.

School libraries are funded by State and Territory Governments through their Departments of Education, by Catholic Education Offices and through independent school fees and philanthropic donations. 

Academic and special libraries rely on their institutions for operational funding. Many of these libraries have unique collections and welcome gifts such as rare books and items of scholarly interest. The Ministry for the Arts runs the Cultural Gifts Program, which encourages Australians to donate items of cultural significance from private collections to public galleries, libraries, archives and museums.