National Library of Australia

National Library of Australia

Please note, while restrictions put in place to respond to COVID-19 are easing, there may be some changes to business-as-usual to keep workers and visitors safe. Please contact the business for the most up to date information, including opening times and social distancing measures.

Welcome to the National Library of Australia – the home of your story.

Whether you are a culture lover looking to visit an exhibition, a researcher uncovering new knowledge from our 10-million-items-and-counting collection, or you need a gift from the Bookshop, followed by a coffee at Bookplate café, plan your visit today.

Our three exhibition galleries are free to enter and open from 9 am to 5 pm every day. Explore the artists of the 'Picturesque Atlas of Australasia' in 'A Nation Imagined: The Artists of the Picturesque Atlas', presented in partnership with the Art Gallery of New South Wales; explore Australians' relationships with their waterways in 'Rivers: Lifeblood of Australia'; and discover highlights from our collection in the Treasures Gallery.

The National Library Bookshop is open daily, as is Bookplate Café.

The Reading Rooms are open daily except on public holidays.

In accordance with the COVID-safe regulations, during your visit, please follow all precautions that are in place to protect you, other visitors, and the staff, including checking in, physical distancing and personal hygiene. Please stay home if you’re unwell – visitors exhibiting symptoms of illness may be asked to leave.
  • National Library of Australia building
  • Viewing in the gallery
  • Entry to the National Library exhibition gallery
  • The National Library of Australia Bookshop
    The National Library of Australia Bookshop
  • National Library of Australia special collections reading room
    National Library of Australia special collections reading room
  • Viewing in the gallery

DETAILS

OPENING HOURS

Daily: 9am-5pm

COSTS

Free

ACCESSIBILITY

Suitable for guests who depend on the use of a wheelchair in a seated position at all times.

Suitable for guests with a vision impairment. Attained by providing for guests with partial vision impairment or total loss of useable vision.

Location

National Library of Australia

Parkes Place West, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Features

Cafe

Carpark

Conference/Function Facilities

Family Friendly

Non Smoking Establishment

Parents Room

Restaurant

Reviews

TripAdvisor traveller rating

BASED ON 690 REVIEWS

Ranked #15 of 223 things to do in Canberra on TripAdvisor

Awards

  • Travelers Choice 2020

“Not just books”

Reviewed on 03/04/2021

Totally amazed at the size of the Library. There was a display in one area on the growth of Australia from discovery to current time - very interesting. Loved to wander through the books

Review by

Skiiers_18

“There is always something interesting at the NLA”

Reviewed on 08/11/2020

There are two exhibitions at the NLA at the moment: Ellis Rowan's Birds of Paradise & Built Australia. Ellis Rowan was one of the best bird & plant painters ever. It was a treat to see so many...

Review by

Wayne C

“A standout”

Reviewed on 23/03/2020

LEAVING AUSTERITY BEHIND
I should fess up initially. This is my favourite building in all Australia; ahead of the lauded Opera House, Perth’s gorgeous post office, any number of Melbourne’s...

Review by

Ian S

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