About the library

The vast resources of Cunningham Library offer researchers the essential information required to make informed decisions. 

Library staff expertise

Cunningham Library staff provide research and specialist reference services to researchers, graduate students and library members.

Our team of technical services staff and indexers curate and produce specialist indexes including the Australian Education Index and the Database of Research on International Education. In-house vocabulary expertise is used to develop and maintain the Australian Thesaurus of Education Descriptors (ATED).

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Library collection

Cunningham Library is a research level collection for Australian education, and holds the most comprehensive and up-to-date collection of educational research documents in Australia, including:

  • Books - 50 000 titles, both Australian and overseas
  • Journals - more than 400 Australian and overseas titles in print and more than 2500 titles online
  • Educational reports and conference proceedings

The collection includes information relevant to all education sectors, including early childhood, schools, higher education, vocational education and training (VET), and professional education. The collection also includes some information relevant to psychology, counselling and human resources.

Special collections


Who was Cunningham?

Dr Kenneth Stewart Cunningham was the founding director of ACER, a position he held for 25 years.

Library membership

Membership is available for researchers, consultants and teachers interested in accessing and borrowing from the extensive collection.

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Visiting the library

Library members and other visitors may access the Cunningham Library by appointment only. Cunningham Library does not participate in the CAVAL Reciprocal Borrowing Scheme. See our contact details on this page to make an appointment.