About our collections

The Library’s holdings represent the diversity and generosity of our donors, many of whom were activists from the streets to government. The breadth and depth of our collections are truly inspiring, including primary and secondary resources in one place. Our holdings consist of Archives, Books, Serials, Poster, Badges and Ephemera collections.

Book collection

The collection consists of works about women and women’s issues. A donation of 500 feminist books formed the basis of the collection. Donations continue to increase the collections. The substantial collection of literary works by Australian women dates from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. Our catalogue is also available through Libraries Australia and Trove — the National Library’s latest resource discovery service.

Archives collection

The Archives collection includes letters, diaries, journals, the papers of women’s organisations, and audio recordings. Access to the database can be gained by contacting the Library.

Serials collection

The serials collection comprises more than 500 titles which can be accessed through the Library’s catalogue, Libraries Australia and Trove. Serials can be viewed in the Library and inter-library loans are available for individual researchers through educational institutions and certain government agencies.

Poster collection

The poster collection documents the myriad campaigns fought by feminists for justice and equality in Australia including access to childcare; protection from violence; free and safe abortion; non-sexist education; pay equity; social justice for minority groups; affordable housing and many more.

All material in the collection has been donated. If you would like to make a donation please contact the Library. You can also view the Collection Development Policy.