The library is named after Dr H V Evatt who, as Minister for External Affairs from 1941 to 1949, played a vital part in the early years of the United Nations.
The library holds an extensive collection of resources in the priority areas of foreign relations and trade related matters. Within these broad subject categories the collection will emphasise the following aspects in relation to foreign countries:
- Political issues
- Trade and economic issues
- Description of countries, their history and culture
- Travel guides to assist with official travel
- International law
- Human rights issues
The H V Evatt library is not open to members of the public.
Public access to the Library’s resources is through the Australia wide interlibrary lending scheme. The library’s holdings are listed on the Australia National Bibliographic Database through Trove.