Northern Territory Library

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Northern Territory Library
(Northern Territory Library)
Country Australia
Type State Library
Reference to legal mandate Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 [1]
Legal deposit Since 2004 [2]
Other information
Director Patrick Gregory

The Northern Territory Library is the major reference and research Library of the Northern Territory of Australia, responsible for collecting, preserving and providing access to the Territory’s documentary heritage and connecting people to the world of information. The library is located in Parliament House in the State Square complex, in Darwin's Central Business District. The library holds over 108,000 books and 30,000 items.


The library was formally known as the 'State Reference Library' when it opened in 1980. In 1985, the Library was transferred from the Department of Community Development to the Department of Education. The Library became the provider of library services to the Office of Local Government. In 1992 the Office was absorbed into the new Department of Lands, Housing and Local Government. Following the relocation to the new Parliament House in 1995, the combined Library service was officially opened on May 22 by the minister responsible for libraries, Hon Steve Hatton MLA. It was renamed 'Reference and Parliamentary Library Services'. After the restructure of Northern Territory Library in 1997, the joint-use service in Parliament House was renamed Northern Territory Library.

Territory Stories[edit]

Territory Stories[3] is a digital archive of historical and culturally significant materials in the Northern Territory, Australia. The collection includes documents, photographs, audio and video files. Members of the community contribute content to the archive. Territory Stories draws on the stories collected in local knowledge centres managed by the community, including aboriginal communities. These local digital collections are managed within sacred, sorrow, tribal protocols and have limited access for the wider community, however with Territory Stories selected local content is included in a web portal for wider access.[4] Territory Stories includes community contributions from many territorians.[5]


Interior of the Northern Territory Library
  • Collecting information including books, journals, newspapers, DVDs, videos, CDs and computer software;
  • Providing comfortable and convenient places for people to read and learn, both formally and informally;
  • Promoting reading across the age range, starting with infants and continuing through all stages of adulthood;


  1. ^ "publications (Legal Deposit) 2004". NT Government. 
  2. ^ "publications (Legal Deposit) 2004". NT Government. 
  3. ^ "Territory Stories". Northern Territory Library. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  4. ^ McGill, Jo. "Helping to keep culture strong: Northern Territory Library's Award Winning Indigenous Library Program." (PDF). Dreaming 08 – Australian Library and Information Association Biennial Conference. Australian Library and Information Association. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Share your story with NT Library (Media Release)". Retrieved 29 November 2013. 

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Coordinates: 12°28′00″S 130°50′34″E / 12.4666°S 130.8428°E / -12.4666; 130.8428