Request Material

Find out how to request and view material in the Reading Room.

In response to the COVID-19 situation, the Grainger Museum is temporarily closed to the public from March 18, 2020. Please see this announcement for more information. The Grainger Museum is currently unable to provide physical access to collections. We are able to accept enquiries regarding the collection and will endeavour to assist as we can. Please contact with any enquiries related to the collection.

Accessing the Grainger Museum Collection

Information for researchers on searching the Grainger Museum collection catalogue and viewing items in the Cultural Collections Reading Room.

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Requesting collection material

As part of a leading Australian research University, the Grainger Museum welcomes enquiries.

If you have a general research enquiry, please email

If you would like to access collection material, archival material can be requested and viewed through the Reading Room, located on Level 3 of the Baillieu Library. Researchers are required to follow the rules of the Reading Room to ensure safe handling of collection material.

Once you have located material in the catalogue or finding aids that you would like to view, please complete an online request form through the Reading Room. Archival material requires up to 10 business days for delivery, so please submit your request in advance of your visit.

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Interstate and international researchers and complex enquiries

If you have a general research enquiry, please email

Due to a high volume of enquiries, staff are unable to assist with complex enquiries or undertake copying or research on your behalf.

If you are unable to access material in the Reading Room, may wish to engage a private records agent and researcher to undertake research on your behalf. The individuals listed below have indicated that they are able to undertake such work on others behalf.

Private records agents and researchers (PDF 79KB)

Further information on engaging private records agents is available on the Reading Room website.

Requests for image reproduction

Requests for image reproduction are processed through the Reading Room and researchers are encouraged to submit requests for images and permission to publish through Aeon. Information for researchers on obtaining copies of material is available on the Reading Room website. Copyright restrictions apply, please see below for further information.

It is the responsibility of the researcher to ensure that they comply with Copyright law.

If you require a copy of music in the collection please conduct a search prior to contacting the Museum. We are unable to copy published music due to copyright restrictions.

Some possible starting places include:

If what you require is out of print but still in copyright you will need to supply us with written proof of permission to copy from the publisher. If copyright is no longer owned by a publisher written permission is required from the Grainger Estate.

We are also unable to advise on requests for permission to perform musical works in our collection and suggest that you contact the relevant performing rights association directly.

Please contact us if you would like to request copyright permission from the Executor of Grainger's Estate and the contact details will be supplied.