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Using the library

Practical information to help you get started using our services, collections and support.

Become a member

Become a member for access to a great range of collections and services. Membership is free. Sign up for immediate access to benefits both online and onsite.
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Library how-to videos

This series of video tutorials provide information on becoming a member, using the catalogue and getting started with some great online resources.
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Accessing collections

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State Library's catalogue One Search provides access to millions of collection items and online resources.
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Catalogue help
A few simple tips and tricks can save you time and improve your overall search experience.
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Borrow and request
State Library members can borrow from our collections and request copies and loans from other libraries.
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ProQuest Central
A comprehensive, diverse, and relevant multidisciplinary research database.
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JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources.
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Services for South Bank visitors

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Computers, internet and wi-fi
State Library offers free public computers with internet access and a Wi-Fi service across the South Bank building.
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Book spaces and equipment
Find out how to book a computer, group study room and more.
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Ask a librarian

Not sure where to start your research? Use our Ask a Librarian service. Our Librarians are here to help you identify and use the resources best suited to your needs.
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