Getting resources

Once I have found what I want, how do I get it?

Any copy?

If it isn’t important to you whether you get the most recent edition of a text book or not, or whether you read the copy of Pride and prejudice with the introduction by Peter Conrad or the copy with introduction by Richard Church, all you need to do is scroll down and look at all the editions of the work. This shows all the editions as well as how many libraries have that edition and also if it is online. Default filters are sometimes applied (for example, English text versions only).

Screenshot 1. How to view all the editions

A particular edition?

If you do care about getting the latest edition of a textbook, or the Norton Critical edition of Hamlet, you may need to click on the “find a specific edition” button. This opens a list on the left of filters you can use to narrow your search. To find out where you can get this particular edition, click on the edition title and then click on the “get this edition” button.

Screenshot 2. Find a specific edition


Under the “View online” button, there may be a freely accessible online version of the item. This might include a link to Hathi Trust or the Open Library, which are free sources of online full text. If a preview of the item exists in Google Books it will also be linked to here.

From a library

Libraries or other institutions with a copy of this item are listed under the “Borrow” tab. You can filter this list by clicking on a particular state.

You may also set up a list of libraries you are affiliated with. This makes it easy to find items that are available in libraries you can borrow from. To do this, you must first login or sign up. You can then set up a personal list of libraries from your profile page by clicking on your user name at the top right of any screen.

Once you have set up this list, Trove will flag results found in your libraries whenever you are logged in. You will be able to limit searches to show only items found in your libraries, and when you are viewing a work, Trove will show a “My Libaries” tab listing your libraries that hold a copy of this item. Click on the tab to view the list.

Click on the name of the library or cultural institution to view either their catalogue or more information about where their building is located. If you belong to this library or institution, you may be able to borrow the item from them. (Note that access conditions may apply to some items)

Request a digital or printed copy

For items held by the National Library of Australia, you may request a digital or printed copy of the item. This service is known as “Copies Direct” and will incur a fee. Copyright restrictions apply and you may only be able to obtain a copy of part of the item.

To use this service, find the edition or version you wish to request. (It must be held by the National Library of Australia) Click on the “Buy” tab for that edition/version. Click on the Copies Direct logo (example shown below).

For more information about this service, try reading the Copies Direct Help page on how to get a copy:

Screenshot 3. Buy a copy.

You say my local library has this book, but it isn’t in their catalogue. Why is your information wrong?

Trove is an online service which brings together records from libraries and other collecting institutions across Australia into a single database.  Libraries catalogue their collection material and submit their catalogue records to Trove through the collaborative network “Libraries Australia”. Trove shows you which Australian libraries hold a book or other collection item.

This information is not always up to date. For example, where libraries discard items from their collections, information relating to these discards can sometimes take a considerable period to be reported to the National Library. In these cases some collection items are wrongly shown in Trove as being held by a library.

The National Library is working with other Australian libraries to improve the currency of library holdings, and is now planning to increase these efforts.

Can I buy books from you?

No, you cannot buy books or other items from Trove directly. There are links from various items to some purchasing arrangements, just follow the directions where they are available.

The Identity records in the People and Organisation zone in Trove, all contain a link back to the contributor’s website and original entry. The contributor’s website may contain options for obtaining or purchasing resources.

How do I get an original copy of a newspaper?

If you wish to purchase a copy made from either the microfilm or the hardcopy of the newspaper, you may use the National Library's Copies Direct service to order a copy. This is a copy made from a photograph or a photocopy. To access this service click on the ‘Buy’ button at the top of the left-hand column and fill in the form.

If you wish to purchase an original copy of the newspaper, you will need to contact a commercial organisation that sells original newspapers. These can be found by doing an internet search on “buy original Australian newspapers”. Trove is unable to provide any recommendations of websites that provide this service.

Items not held in Australian libraries

Sometimes Trove receives records from other libraries like the Library of Congress and the British Library for cataloguing purposes. While we could delete these records from Trove we feel we’re providing a service in letting users know that the items do exist somewhere. If you find a record in Trove which has the message “No known library holdings in Australia”, there are some other sites you can search to locate a copy. You can try searching  WorldCat, the Library of Congress or the British Library.