Bookings for all Friends events may be made online, through the Friends Office on 02 6262 1698, or by emailing

Ticket payments may be made online or over the phone by credit card. Cheque payments, made payable to ‘The Friends of the National Library of Australia’, should be posted to Friends of the National Library, National Library of Australia, Canberra ACT 2600.  Cash payments may be dropped off at the National Library bookshop during opening hours, and must be delivered in an unsealed envelope, with details of your name, the event and the dollar amount written on the envelope. These will then be passed on to the Friends Office.

Coffee with a Curator: Heroes and Villains

Join curator Matthew Jones for a members-only tour of the new exhibition Heroes and Villains: Strutt's Australia, followed by morning tea in the Friends Lounge.

Friday 25 September, 10am
Exhibition Gallery
$15 Friends
Bookings: or 02 6262 1698


Annual General Meeting

Members of the Friends of the National Library of Australia Inc are invited to attend the 2015 Annual General Meeting.  In addition to AGM business, the meeting will include the announcement of the recipients of the 2016 Friends Travelling Fellowship and the 2015 Friends Medal, as well as a presentation by the 2015 Friends Travelling Fellow, Susan Thomas.

Bookings are required for catering purposes.

Thursday 5 November, 5.30pm
Conference Room
Free for Friends
Bookings: or 02 6262 1698


2015 Harold White Lecture

The Author Is Not Dead.  She is Coming to a Microphone near You.

Hannie Rayson delivers the inaugural Harold White lecture, reflecting on the public role of the writer and the reality of having to blog, post, be liked and followed, while really being ‘the head-marketer for the brand called You.’

Hannie Rayson is a playwright and screenwriter, and has recently released her memoir Hello, Beautiful! Scenes from a life.  She made history when Life After George became the first play to be shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. Her best known play, Hotel Sorrento, was made into a feature film and has become an Australian classic.

Sunday 29 November, 2pm
$20 Friends / $30 non-members
Bookings: or 02 6262 1698


Friends Book Club

A monthly literary discussion, run by Friends members.

Tuesday 19 August - The Paris Wife by Joan London

Tuesday 29 September – This House of Grief by Helen Garner

Tuesday 27 October – The Golden Age by Joan London

Tuesday 24 November - Norah Webster by Colm Toibin

6.15pm, Friends Lounge
Free, bookings not required
For Friends members only


Free Film Screenings

In association with the Reel McCoy Film Society, the Friends present monthly film screenings exclusively for members of both organisations. 

Wednesday 16 September -  The Congress Dances (Germany, 1931, 97 mins, NR)

Wednesday 21 October - The War of the Worlds (USA 1953, 85 mins, NR)

Wednesday 18 November - A Sentimental Bloke (Australia,1919, 100 mins, G)

5.30pm, Theatre
Free, bookings not required
Enquiries: 02 6262 1698