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.

See the beautiful, the rare and the unexpected at the National Library of Australia on the shores of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin.

Following the successful partial reopening of the National Library, we are delighted to increase our reading room services and opening hours. The National Library Bookshop has also reopened.

From Saturday 1 August the Main Reading Room, Special Collections Reading Room and Petherick Reading room will reopen for their standard hours on weekends.

On Monday 3 August the Treasures Gallery and Exhibition Gallery will reopen. Our new exhibition, Australian Dreams: Picturing Our Built World, explores how artists have documented, interpreted, and celebrated a variety of buildings through image. Entry is free and you do not need to book a ticket.

During your visit, please follow all precautions we have put in place to protect you, other visitors, and our staff, including physical distancing and personal hygiene. Please stay home if you’re unwell - visitors exhibiting symptoms of illness may be asked to leave.

Seating is available for up to 140 readers in the Main Reading Room, 30 readers in the Special Collections Reading Room (including the Petherick Reading Room). We will be welcoming 50 visitors in the Treasures Gallery and 75 visitors in the Exhibitions Gallery (no bookings are required).

Visit our website or follow our social media channels for the latest updates.
  • National Library of Australia building, Canberra
    National Library of Australia building, Canberra
  • Viewing in the gallery
  • The National Library of Australia Bookshop
    The National Library of Australia Bookshop
  • Ern McQuillan (1926–2018), Tuna Fishing at Eden, New South Wales, 1960
    Ern McQuillan (1926–2018), Tuna Fishing at Eden, New South Wales, 1960
  • Viewing in the gallery
  • Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Authority, 1949, National Library of Australia, Maps Collection
    Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Authority, 1949, National Library of Australia, Maps Collection
  • Erik Lindberg, Bertram Mackennal, Olympic Gold Medal for Swimming Won by Fanny Durack at Stockholm
    Erik Lindberg, Bertram Mackennal, Olympic Gold Medal for Swimming Won by Fanny Durack at Stockholm

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.

COSTS

Free

ACCESSIBILITY

Disabled access available, contact operator for details

Location

National Library of Australia

Parkes Place West, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Features

Carpark

Conference/Function Facilities

Family Friendly

Non Smoking Establishment

Restaurant

Reviews

TripAdvisor traveller rating

BASED ON 689 REVIEWS

Ranked #16 of 223 things to do in Canberra on TripAdvisor

Awards

  • Travelers Choice 2020

“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

“Cafe not worth it.”

Reviewed on 08/03/2020

Tried 2 days in a row, on a weekend, which happened to be a long weekend hosting the Enlighten Festival to have a drink at the cafe on the balcony, overlooking the lake. Both days we were told...

Review by

Lori L

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