H V Evatt Library

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The library is named after Dr H V Evatt who, as Minister for External Affairs from 1941 to 1949, played a vital part in the early years of the United Nations.


The library holds an extensive collection of resources in the priority areas of foreign relations and trade related matters. Within these broad subject categories the collection will emphasise the following aspects in relation to foreign countries:


The library has two full time APS staff - the Library Manager and Reference Librarian. These staff are supplemented by qualified part time contract staff.


The Library is open between 9.00am and 4.30pm.  The H V Evatt library is not open to members of the public.

Public access to the Library’s resources is through the Australia wide interlibrary lending scheme. The library’s holdings are listed on the Australia National Bibliographic Database through Trove and can be borrowed by other libraries.  Researchers and post graduate student access may be granted if the H V Evatt Library is the only library in Canberra holding relevant material. A request to visit must be arranged in advanced, preferably via email. A clear rationale for the visit should be included in the request.

Staff from overseas embassies are welcome to visit and borrow items, with prior notice being preferred.

Contact details

  • Location: R.G. Casey Building, John McEwen Crescent, Barton, ACT
  • Postal address: H V Evatt Library, R.G. Casey Building, John McEwen Crescent, Barton, ACT
  • Library Manager: (02) 6261 2737
  • Reference Librarian: (02) 6261 2650
  • Email: dfat.library@dfat.gov.au

Suggested reading

This is a list of book titles that students and others may find interesting. These titles should be available from the National Library of Australia, states, university, public and school libraries. The H.V. Evatt library will only lend through other libraries, so please contact your local library.

The following journals may also be of interest, particularly for those seeking historical information

The following journals (both domestic and international) may also be of interest, particularly for those seeking up to date information