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

Ticket payments may be made over the phone at the same number. 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.


Story Time

Bring your children or grandchildren to the Friends new monthly Story Time, they will delight in hearing some of their favourite books. Featuring storytellers from the ACT Storytellers Guild.

Thursday 5 February
Thursday 19 March
Thursday 16 April
Thursday 21 May

11.30am, Ferguson Room
Free for members/$5 non-members (pay at the door)
Bookings not required


From Mao to Manga:
White Gloves Evening for New Members

As we begin our 25th year, join the Friends of the National Library of Australia for a special event welcoming new members. 

The evening features an exclusive ‘white gloves’ viewing from the Library’s Asian Collection.  Discover some of our treasures, including a sandalwood fan bearing the thoughts of Chairman Mao, North Korean propaganda, Thai and Indonesian political ephemera, translations of Australian works in Chinese language, and Japanese comic collections.

The evening will also include the announcement of the recipient of the inaugural Friends Creative Arts Fellowship.

Friday 13 February, 6pm
Free for New Friends (who joined in 2014) / $15 all other Friends /
$20 non-members (includes light refreshments)
Bookings:  02 6262 1698 or


Friends Book Club

A monthly literary discussion, run by Friends members.

Tuesday 27 January – The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Tuesday 24 February – Eyrie by Tim Winton

6.30pm, 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.  Screenings occur on Wednesdays at 5.30pm.

Wednesday 18 February - The Bad and the Beautiful (USA 1952) 118 min. DVD

Wednesday 18 March -   Night of the Deamon (UK 1957) 95min. DVD

5.30pm, Theatre
Free, bookings not required

For further information contact the Friends Office, 02 6262 1698 or, or contact The Reel McCoy Film Society