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 exhibition galleries are free to enter and open from 9 am to 5 pm every day (except Christmas Day and Good Friday). Explore Australians' relationships with their waterways in our current exhibition '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
  • 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 694 REVIEWS

Ranked #16 of 225 things to do in Canberra on TripAdvisor

“Beautiful Building”

Reviewed on 30/06/2021

Such a beautiful building. Went in and felt a little lost, had to find a map too look around. Nice cafe but unfortunately the bookshop was closed.

Review by

Bbeecc131

“Always something on”

Reviewed on 16/06/2021

You don't have to visit the library justread the books, there is always an exhibition of some kind on near the entrance.

Review by

Andrew Q

“Great resource”

Reviewed on 18/05/2021

The staff at the Library in general and especially in Special Collections were impressive in their knowledge and assistance.

Review by

jfairser2018

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