Visiting the National Library? Whether this is your first visit or the next of many, you can learn more about the Library and our exhibitions by joining one of our free guided tours. Tours are offered daily by our trained Guides, Library volunteers who have a passion for sharing their knowledge of the Library and its collections with you. Your Guide will welcome the opportunity to introduce you to the National Library, our collections and the stories of Australia.  

Treasures Gallery Tours

Daily 

Take a tour and come face-to-face with some of the Library’s greatest treasures and Australia’s greatest stories. 

  • For: everyone
  • Availability: daily at 11.30 am.  Meet at Treasures Gallery entrance doors
  • Bookings: not required, however, a minimum of two weeks notice is required for group bookings
  • Cost: free
  • Duration: 30 minutes

Behind the Scenes Tours

Thursdays 2pm

Take a tour to visit enormous stacks where the books are stored and learn about strange curiosities in the Library’s collection that have been acquired over more than a century of collecting. 

  • For: everyone
  • Availability: every Thursday, except between Christmas and New Year.  Meet in the NLA foyer
  • Bookings: not required, however, a minimum of two weeks notice is required for group bookings
  • Cost: free
  • Duration: 45 minutes 

Discover your National Library Tour

Saturdays 2pm

Join a Library guide for a journey around the building and discover the stories in the Reading Rooms and public spaces.

  • For: everyone
  • Availability: every Saturday, except between Christmas and New Year. Meet in the NLA foyer
  • Bookings: not required, however, a minimum of two weeks notice is required for group bookings
  • Cost: free
  • Duration: 45 minutes

Special Interest Group Tours

On request

We are happy to organise special tours for community groups.  A minimum of two weeks notice is required for group bookings. To make a booking, email volunteers@nla.gov.au.

For school bookings please go to http://www.nla.gov.au/learning