Do you need a reader's ticket?
Anyone over the age of 15 years may apply for a ticket. Applicants under 18 years must have the application countersigned by a parent or legal guardian. A reader's ticket is valid indefinitely.
If the records you require are copied onto microfilm/microfiche then you do not need to apply for one.
The personal information collected for an application is used to: help ensure the protection of State archives; track the issue of records to our reading rooms and assist us in planning and allocating resources. Personal information may also be used to notify readers of any change to our services and for contact tracing purposes up to 28 days after a visit should exposure to COVID-19 in the Reading Room. This information may supplied to the NSW Department of Health or any other third party Government department, as required to enable contact tracing procedures.
NSW State Archives guarantees the information contained on the application form will only be used for the purposes listed above. Details of the documentation shown to confirm an individual's personal information are not recorded or kept.
Once we have received and processed your application we will send you a confirmation email which includes your new reader's ticket number. On your next visit to the Reading Room bring along a copy of this email or state your new reader's ticket number on arrival to the reading room so we can issue your ticket.
Proof of identity
You will be asked to show proof of identity, in the form of documentation that confirms your name, signature and address before your ticket can be issued. We do not record or keep details of this documentation.