How to use the Caroline Simpson Collection

You will find items from the Caroline Simpson Collection in both our library catalogue and objects catalogue

Where to find the collection 

Most of the Caroline Simpson Collection is kept in a dedicated library at The Mint in central Sydney.

Request items before you visit

To visit the library, we recommend that you book a time so you can be sure we have space and staff available to assist you. To view specific items, you need to request those items at least three days before your visit.

Visit Ask a librarian for more information or contact us by:

Research inquiries

Visitors with research enquiries are encouraged to book in for one of the two 3-hour daily sessions offered, either 10am to 1pm or 1pm to 4pm. Please email us at or phone +61 2 8239 2233 to arrange your appointment.

Searching the collection 

You can view items that have been digitised using our online collection search. As yet, not everything in the Caroline Simpson Collection is fully digitised, but we are making steady progress. 

You can access more item records using our library and objects catalogues – there are items from our Caroline Simpson Collection in both these catalogues:

Library catalogue

Search here for printed books, sample books, periodicals, pictures, manuscripts, personal papers and other documentary materials.

Objects catalogue

Search here for collection objects such as furniture and furnishings, dinner and kitchenware, clothing and ornaments from our historic houses and museums.

Many digitised items can also be viewed through Internet Archive.

Requesting digital copies of images

You can request high resolution copies of digitised images and items from our online catalogues. Find out more.

Outward loans for exhibitions

We welcome requests from other museums and cultural institutions to borrow items from the Caroline Simpson Collection for display in exhibitions.

Requests to borrow items must be received with 6 months’ notice to allow time for scheduling and preparing the loan. Loan requests received outside this notice period will be considered and approved on a case-by-case basis.

To discuss or submit a loan request please contact:

Director, Collections

Dr Matthew Stephens explains how to research objects at the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection

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Caroline Simpson Library, The Mint