Book viewer

Some books found on Trove can be previewed or viewed entirely online. Use the book viewer to navigate digitised books held at the National Library of Australia.

Select Read in the Trove record, then View at Trove Digital Library to open it in the book viewer.

Note: There may be a freely accessible online version of the item. This might include a link to Hathi Trust or the Open Library, which are free sources of online full text. If a preview of the item exists in Google Books it will also be linked here.

Viewer controls

The viewer controls enable zoom, rotation and navigation. They are located at the top of the viewer.

  One-page view: View one page at a time 

  Two-page view: View two pages at a time  

  Thumbnail view: View all pages in the book

Zoom in    or out   Zoom in and out of the page

Flip left   or right   : Turn to the previous or next page

  Show full screen: View the page in full screen mode. Select again to return to viewer mode

  Rotate Page: Rotate the page 90 degrees clockwise 

  View page in more detail: View the page in the image viewer. Learn more about the image viewer

Page slider: Select and drag to a specific page

Screenshot of Trove Book viewer page slider

Use the sidebar to find information about the digitised book that you are viewing. The sidebar is located on the left hand side of the page.


Get information about the item you are viewing. You can find information such as title, creator and the location of the physical copy at the National Library of Australia.


View the copyright status of the item, including an explanation of this status. Many items in the Trove Digital Library collection are still in copyright. This information is a guide only; the item you are viewing may be subject to additional agreements relating to use and reproduction. If you would like further information on the status of any item, please Contact Us.


View a table of contents with links to specific pages and chapters in the book. This option is only available for items with electronically translated text (see Text below).


Search for keywords within a book. This option is only available for items with electronically translated text (see Text below).


View the electronically translated text of the document (if available). The text is electronically generated so it may contain some errors. It is not currently possible to correct text in the Trove Digital Library collections.  


View citations in a number of standard styles. You can copy and paste the citation that best suits your needs. Note: Citations are automatically generated and may require some modification.

Learn more about citing sources found on Trove


Download digital copies in available formats. Check copyright status.

Learn more about downloading


Order a copy of the image. You can order standard or higher resolution images. All copy orders are referred to the National Library’s Copies Direct service. If an item is in copyright you may require permission from the copyright holder to obtain a copy.

Learn more about getting copies

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View electronic publications

Born-digital edeposit items can be viewed online through Trove with some access conditions and restrictions.

To view these items:

  1. Select the Read button in the Trove record.  
  2. Select the Access Through NED link (Note: Other links may direct you away from Trove to services not provided or supported by the National Library of Australia).
  3. If there are no restrictions from the depositor, this will open the viewer.
  4. If there are restrictions, you be directed to the item's collection page. This page lists Access Conditions for the item that were set by the depositor.
  5. If available, you may have the option to open the book viewer by selecting Launch viewer in restricted mode.

To identify edeposit items while in e-book and pdf viewers, look for the Call Number edeposit collection under Details  .