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The Australian Library of Art documents the fine arts in Australia including the arts and crafts of the book. State Library invites you to explore these collections.
The Artists’ Books Collection is one of the largest publicly available collections of artists' books in Australia having in excess of 1700 titles. It features the work of both Australian and overseas artists.
This collection showcases and preserves rare and fine books reflecting the art, craft, history and impact of the printed book.
Donated by Dr Patrick Corrigan AM, this collection relates to the Lindsay family of artists and writers.
The Australian Art Research Collection contains materials documenting Australian art history from the era before settlement through to the early twenty-first century. Formerly known as The James Hardie Library of Australian Fine Arts, the original collection was donated to State Library in 1988 by James Hardie Industries as a bicentennial gift to the nation.