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.

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.

Accessing collections


State Library's catalogue One Search provides access to millions of collection items and online resources.

Catalogue help

A few simple tips and tricks can save you time and improve your overall search experience.

Borrow and request

State Library members can borrow from our collections and request copies and loans from other libraries.


ProQuest Central

A comprehensive, diverse, and relevant multidisciplinary research database.


JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources.

Services for South Bank visitors

Computers and internet

State Library offers free public computers with internet access and a Wi-Fi service across the South Bank building.

Book spaces and equipment

Find out how to book a computer, group study room and more.

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.