The National Library has a large collection of romance novels published in Australia, most notably by Mills and Boon. Since the 1990s this literary genre has been recognized by academia for its cultural significance with a number of books and scholarly articles written on this subject.
Legal Deposit legislation gives the Library responsibility for collecting one copy of each book published in Australia. With twenty nine Mills and Boon titles issued each month, new books are regularly deposited by the publisher and these are accessible to all Australians. Favourite titles among staff include Amnesiac ex, unforgettable vows and The librarian’s secret wish.
Mills and Boon has a long standing Australian connection. Joyce Dingwell was the publisher’s first Australian author, with Australian hospital issued in 1955. Some of her other Australian themed works are The girl at Snowy River and Boomerang girl. Today, nearly forty Australian authors are published featuring Australian settings in some of their works. An author list is published on the Romance Writers of Australia website, which has been preserved in the PANDORA web archive.
Mills and Boon have joined the digital era and started publishing e-books. With the move to electronic publishing, the Library continues working towards collecting this genre in digital formats into the future.