Special Collections

Special collections

Alice Springs Collection

The Alice Springs Collection is a collection of books, magazines, photographs, pamphlets, cuttings etc which relate to the historical, scientific and cultural heritage of Alice Springs and Central Australia.

These items are not for loan and access is available only on weekdays.

Call (08) 8950 0555 or ask at the Information Desk.


Akaltye Antheme

Akaltye Antheme (Giving Knowledge) is a collection of books and magazines produced for and by the Aboriginal people of Central Australia.

It is a collection of early reader texts and books for adults in up to 8 different Central Australian languages.

The collection includes the CLC Digital Archive, which is curated by the Central Land Council and contains photos relating to Central Australian Indigenous people, spanning several decades.


World Languages

The Library provides a small range of books in other languages for loan.

Languages currently available:

  • Afrikaans
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Maltese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Thai
  • Vietnamese

If the language you want is not in this list, please request books in your language from Library staff.


Centralian Advocate

The Centralian Advocate was first published on 24 May 1947 and is still in circulation. It is generally referred to simply as 'the Advocate'.
Editions of the Centralian Advocate, from 1947-2011, are viewable in PDF format on the computers in the Alice Springs Collection.
More recent editions can be found on the Northern Territory Library website