Endeavour journal 1768–71 (detail), James Cook (1728–79), NLA

National Library of Australia

See the beautiful, the rare and the unexpected at the National Library of Australia on the shores of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin. Enjoy unparalleled access to Australia's documentary heritage including books, serials, maps, newspapers, music and ephemera.

Take in an exhibition, join a tour, browse the bookshop, or enjoy a bite to eat at the café and take in the lake-side views.

Search for online publications and unpublished material such as manuscripts, pictures and oral history.

DETAILS

OPENING HOURS

Exhibition Galleries and Bookshop: 10am - 5pm daily; Check their website for reading room × Bookplate Cafe: Weekdays from 7.30am, Weekends from 9am; Library closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.

ENTRY COSTS

Free

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TRIPADVISOR TRAVELLER RATING

Ranked #12 of 197 things to do in Canberra on TripAdvisor

AWARDS

Certificate of Excellence 2016

TRIPADVISOR TRAVELLER REVIEWS

Love to visit the galleries

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The historic items on display in the treasures gallery, all carefully conserved and very well explained are much recommended. The gallery to the side houses changing exhibitions, this visit there...

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Always interesting and worth a visit

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Many treasures in here so worth a visit. There is usually a special exhibition, seldom crowded, as was the case this month -- ST Gill. A good cafe and shop.

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Not just books!

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As well as thousands of books there are two gallery spaces, one for temporary exhibitions and one with the Library's permanent collection of treasures which are amazing e.g. the actual log books of...

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CONTACT

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ADDRESS

Parkes Place, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 2600

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WEB

www.nla.gov.au

PHONE NUMBER

02 6262 1111

FEATURES

  • Carpark
  • Coach Parking
  • Conference/Convention Facilities
  • Public Toilet
  • Restaurant
  • Shop