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Meeting legal, ethical, cultural & financial responsibilities

Taking a responsible approach to collecting is the sixth guiding principle of the Library's Collections & Content Strategy 2020

We meet legal and ethical collecting responsibilities and adhere to Australian and international standards, guidelines and conventions, while advocating for changes to these that will benefit our community.

We manage our collections in accordance with cultural protocols.

Our approach to collecting is financially sound and sustainable.


  • Review our acquisitions budget to align it with this strategy
  • Increase our total budget for collections and content acquisitions through fundraising, philanthropic and Library Foundation financial support
  • Focus our philanthropic funds towards high-value and unique collection items
  • Continue collaborative efforts with National and State Libraries Australasia and other partners to advocate for changes to copyright, legal deposit legislation, and publishing and licensing contracts, to improve access to information.