Education programs present participants with an appreciation of role of the National Library as the world's largest storehouse of knowledge about Australia and its people.

Curriculum-based school programs exist for years 5 to 12, and utilise the Library's exhibitions, collections and reading rooms as a springboard to find out more about Australian history and culture. Students critically interpret texts and learn search methods to understand historical and contemporary events and issues.

Fill in our online form to Make a group booking for school programs.

Looking for something else? To speak to an educator about tailoring a visit to suit your school students or teachers, contact us on 02 6262 1289 or email education@nla.gov.au.

For primary school students

Stacks of Stories: Library orientation tour

Canberra's best discovery tour leads primary school students through areas of the Library behind the scenes to the public. See the old tube room, maps and newspaper stacks, book-moving robots and a giant compactus.

  • for: Years 5 - 7
  • availability: Tuesday to Thursday 9am - 4pm
  • bookings: a minimum of two weeks notice required
  • cost: $3 per student
  • duration: 60 minutes
  • group size: max 50

Combination tour: exhibition and Library orientation

A jam-packed tour exploring all there is to see, including a behind-the-scenes look at the Library and an interpretation of historical items on display in the Library's exhibition spaces. Discover the Library's role, the treasures it collects, and changing technologies it uses to manage the vast collections.

  • for: Years 5 - 7
  • availability: Tuesday to Thursday 9am - 4pm
  • bookings: a minimum of two weeks notice required, during exhibition periods only
  • cost: $3 per student
  • duration: 70 minutes
  • group size: max 50

Night at the Library

Jane Austen and zombies! Well, not quite. The National Library operates around the clock: visit subterranean spaces to learn about secret librarians business, ghoulish collection items and our resident ghost.

  • for: Years 5 - 7
  • availability: Tuesday to Thursday 5pm - 8pm (2014 only)
  • bookings: a minimum of three weeks notice required
  • cost: $5 per student
  • duration: 60 minutes
  • group size: max 25

For secondary school students

Online and Underground

Secondary students discover the history and role of the National Library, and how to source imagery, sound and text using it's website. Students will examine digitised collections and understand the significance of original primary resources recorded in UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme.

  • for: Years 10 - 12
  • availability: Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm
  • bookings: a minimum of two weeks notice required
  • cost: $3 per student
  • location: Ferguson Room
  • duration: 70 minutes
  • group size: max 50

For EAL/D (English as an Additional Language or Dialect) students

International Student Library Orientation

An introduction to the Library’s facilities tailored for international tertiary students recently arrived in Canberra. This short program introduces students to general library services and public spaces, how to utilise the NLA homepage to get a Library card and find online tutorials to aid searching catalogues, e-resources and databases.

  • availability: International undergraduate and postgraduate EAL/D students
  • bookings: 02 6262 1271 or bookings@nla.gov.au
  • cost: free
  • duration: 30 minutes
  • group size: max 25 

For teachers

Teacher’s know-how: Library skills outreach workshop

Incorporate a morning at the Library into your schools PD opportunities in 2014. Contact education staff at the Library to find out which reader education presentations are on offer and can be tailored for your school requirements. Alternatively, we can come to you - book us in for your next weekly staff meeting.

  • availability: we visit - you pick the day and time!
  • bookings: 02 6262 1271 or bookings@nla.gov.au
  • cost: free, at your place or ours
  • duration: 60 minutes
  • group size: max 50