Ashurbanipal Library

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The Ashurbanipal Library, Sydney is an initiative of the Assyrian Australian Association (AAA). The Library is home to thousands of items relating to Assyrians or created by Assyrians in any language or format, including books, journals, videos, photographs, objects and more.

The Library is named in honour of the legendary Assyrian King Ashurbanipal, known for amassing a significant collection of cuneiform tables in his royal palace at Nineveh, the capital of Assyria.

The Library has been revived for the community and is located in the AAA’s premises, 673-683 Smithfield Road, Edensor Park NSW 2176.


Our History

The Library was first established in 1992 by the AAA with the help of a group of Assyrian volunteers who wanted to collect and preserve as many important Assyrian texts as possible and provide a lending collection to the community. However, due to the significant time and resources required to run the Library, keeping the Library open became unsustainable.

In 2022, the AAA revived the Library as a reference collection, with access provided via scheduled appointments. This initiative was supported by the committee, which gave the Library a home in the AAA building.

The Library has since expanded to include thousands of publications either about Assyrians or by Assyrian authors, including the entire collection of the late Benjamin Gundelove.
Access to the Collection
Our collection is reference only. Access to the Library in person is by appointment.
To make a booking, email us on [email protected]

Library Catalogue Online
Our library catalogue is available online. Click on the link below to browse or search our holdings

Digital Collection

The AAA Ashurbanipal Library also has a digital presence on the Fairfield City Heritage Collection website as part of the Assyrian Community section. The collection contains several audio and video interviews detailing oral histories, digitised publications and photographs related to Assyrian Australian history. Click on the link below


The Assyrian Australian Association and the Ashurbanipal Library strongly encourage members of the community to donate any items of historical importance concerning our history to the library to ensure their permanent preservation. Such items include books, booklets, periodicals, documents, archives, images, videos, audio, electronic media and objects.

Contact us:
contact us via email [email protected] for any questions or donations.
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