Guide to department and agency libraries


This guide provides information about the collections, services and locations of libraries in the Environment portfolio. The collections represent a special resource, and include historic and current material on the environment not available elsewhere.

Further information can be obtained directly from the libraries listed.

Central Library

There are two major libraries in the Department of the Environment: the Central Library in the John Gorton Building and the Australian National Botanic Gardens Library. There are also small collections located with remote staff in Kakadu, Uluru and Booderee.

The Central Library has an extensive collection of material on the environment: with strong collections on environmental policy, air quality, biodiversity, chemicals, climate change, coasts and marine, environmental impact assessment, forests, heritage, national parks, state of the environment, sustainable industry and threatened species.

The collection is available for use by students, researchers and members of the public provided that prior arrangements are made.


Phone: 02 6274 1212

Ground Floor, John Gorton Building
King Edward Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601

Australian National Botanic Gardens

The Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) Library has an internationally significant collection of botanical material. The library collection includes material on botany, horticulture, plant conservation, biodiversity, orchids, cryptogams and ecology. The collection of the Australian Biological Resources Study is also managed by the library. Special materials available include Index Kewensis on CD-ROM and maps. The collection is available for use by students and researchers provided prior arrangements are made.


Phone: 02 6250 9480
Fax: 02 6250 9599
Email: and

Clunies Ross Street
Black Mountain
Canberra ACT 2600
GPO Box 1777
Canberra ACT 2601

Australian Antarctic Division

The Australian Antarctic Division Library, established in 1950, acts as the nation's primary source of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic information. The library supports the activities of Australia's Antarctic program including its scientific research, policy, management and support operations. It provides library and information services to Antarctic Division staff at its headquarters in Kingston, Tasmania and its Antarctic and sub-Antarctic stations. Individuals conducting polar research are welcome by appointment.

The library is a repository for materials of national significance including the ANARE (Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions) archive of station reports, voyage reports and ship log books, as well as rare and valuable polar materials, Antarctic Treaty information, ANARE Jubilee (1947-1997) oral history tapes and transcripts, and Antarctic historical artefacts.

The artefact collection is maintained and developed as a collection of national significance and items are displayed to publicise ANARE and the importance of Australia's role in the Antarctic.

Collections are located at Kingston head office and the four permanent stations: Macquarie Island, Casey, Davis and Mawson. A remote collection is located at the Glaciology Section at the Antarctic Co-operative Research Centre, University of Tasmania.

The library participates in collaborative resource sharing and consortia including FISHNET, AGLIN, ELN, ERA, IAMSLIC, Libraries Australia and the Tasmanian Library Network.


Phone: 03 6232 3516
Fax: 03 6283 2516

203 Channel Highway
Kingston TAS 7050

Bureau of Meteorology

Australia's National Meteorological Library

  • maintains a pre-eminent collection of key meteorological books and journals published in the English language
  • is the national archive for all meteorological books and reports published in Australia
  • provides a high quality information service to staff of the Bureau of Meteorology, government agencies, universities, others with a particular interest in the science of meteorology, and to the general public.


Loans: 03 9669 4572
Fax: 03 9669 4611
Email: Library@BoM.GOV.AU

National Meteorological Library
9th Floor, 700 Collins Street
Docklands VIC 3008
GPO Box 1289
Melbourne VIC 3001

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Information Services at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) provides a service of major international significance in the subject areas of natural resource management, especially marine park management.

Information Services supports the overall goal and aims of the Authority, and meets the information needs of clients. While the collection's emphasis is the sustainable management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, other important subject areas include marine protected areas planning and management, environmental impact assessment, national park planning, coral reef ecology, environmental monitoring, environmental law and World Heritage.

The REEF bibliographic database is jointly managed by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and RMIT Publishing. REEF indexes material on or about the Great Barrier Reef, and is available online via INFORMIT Online Information Service. REEF is Australia's largest single bibliographic information source on the Great Barrier Reef.

Loans of monographs and videos and document delivery services are possible through the standard procedures and conditions listed in the Australian Interlending Code.

Information Services participates in FISHNET, IAMSLIC and Libraries Australia.


Librarian: 07 4750 0627​
Image Services: 07 4750 0707​
Fax: 07 4772 6093

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
PO Box 1379 (2-68 Flinders Street)
East Townsville QLD 4810