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Here are a few guidelines on using our collections, plus information about making copies of items we hold

Anyone can use our collection, but non-members pay a research fee of $10 per session.  Bookings are essential as numbers are limited during COVID-19 restrictions. 


  • Members and visitors must register at reception on arrival and sign out when leaving.
  • Membership cards or visitor badges are to be displayed when onsite.
  • All bags must be stored in the lockers which are provided free of charge and only research papers can be taken into the Library/Archives.
  • Only pencils are to be used when consulting manuscript material or using books.
  • No alterations are to be made to any material, including changing, adding or removing information, or altering the order of material within an item. If you believe that information in a file is incorrect, please speak to a staff member who will explain how you can supply revised or additional information.
  • Resource material must not be removed from the buildings.
  • No smoking is permissible in either building.
  • Food and drink can only be consumed in the kitchen. This includes bottled water. However, bottled water and other drinks in sealed containers may be taken into the seminar room at 120 Kent Street when attending education activities.
  • A fridge and microwave is provided in each building for member and visitor use (NOT available during COVID-19 restrictions). 
  • Mobile phones must be switched off or to silent and if it is necessary to answer a call this must be taken outside.
  • In consideration of others, conversations between individuals should be carried out away from where research is being conducted.
  • Children under 16 years of age can only be admitted into the Library/Archives if accompanied by an adult member or visitor.
  • Volunteers are on duty to give advice and guide your research, but should not be asked to conduct searches which you can reasonably undertake yourself.  
  • All members and visitors are expected to treat volunteers and staff with respect; and will be asked to leave if their behaviour is not  conducive to a safe and pleasant environment. 

  • Copying of any resource material, either digital or print, must comply with the current Copyright Regulations and be for personal research purposes only, unless special permission has been obtained in writing from us, and/or the Copyright Holder.
  • Photocopies can be arranged with staff or volunteers on duty. Copies will be done for you and charges are applicable.
  • Digital copies may be taken on your own camera, phone or tablet without charge but flash photography is not permitted.
  • USB drives can only be used on designated scanners within the buildings. A daily fee applies to their use and copyright restrictions apply to any downloads.
  • If you intend to use our resource material for purposes other than personal research, you should firstly consult with staff.

Image: Dubbo Town Band c1890s, SAG Manuscript and Image Collection, Item 6/1369

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