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.


Friends Spring Day Tour

Join the Friends for a day trip to the Murrumbateman region. Highlights include wine tasting at Eden Road Winery, chocolate making at Robyn Rowe chocolates, and a visit to Cooma Cottage. Includes morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch.

Date: Saturday 25 October, 9am-4pm
Cost: $80 members / $90 non members

Bookings essential: Contact the Friends Office on 6262 1551


Friends visit to the National Library’s Hume Repository

Join the Friends for an exclusive visit to the National Library’s Hume Repository, with a tour by Kylie Hawkins, Manager of Stack Services. Bookings are strictly limited.

Date: Wednesday 19 November, 10am-11am
Location: National Library of Australia Hume Repository, 44 Tralee Street Hume
All participants are to make their own way to the Repository and late comers may not be admitted.
Cost: Free

Bookings required as numbers are limited: 02 6262 1698 or


Friends of the National Library of Australia Annual General Meeting

Date: Thursday 20 November, 5.30pm
Location:Conference Room
Cost: Free

Bookings required for catering purposes: 02 6262 1698 or


Keepsakes: Australians and the Great War with Bill Gammage

Join historian Professor Bill Gammage AM for a lecture entitled 'First AIF men I knew', followed by an exclusive viewing of the new National Library exhibition Keepsakes: Australians and the Great War. Keepsakes explores the diaries, photographs, letters and mementos kept and treasured as reminders of the Great War. Discover how the very personal experiences of soldiers, nurses, politicians, artists, writers and families on the home front become our collective memory.

Professor Gammage AM is an Adjunct Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the Australian National University, and the author of several award winning books including the ground breaking The Broken Years: Australian Soldiers in the Great War (1974).

Date: Friday 5 December, 6 pm
Location: Theatre and Foyer
Cost: $15 members / $20 non-members (includes refreshments)

Bookings required: 02 6262 1698 or


Friends Book Club

A monthly literary discussion for members only.

Tuesday 26 August- The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

Tuesday 30 September - The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

Tuesday 28 October - The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Tuesday 25 November - Old Filth by Jane Gardam

Time: 7 pm
Location: Friends Lounge
Cost: Free

Bookings: or 02 6262 1698


Free film screenings

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

Date: Every second Wednesday, 6 pm
Cost: Free

Bookings not required

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

Reel McCoy July to November 2014 program (PDF, 1.76 MB)