Benefits at the National Library of Australia

Become a Friend of the Library and enjoy a number of benefits including:

  • Invitations and reduced admission prices to Friends events
  • Use of the exclusive Friends Lounge
  • Copies of the National Library of Australia magazine and the Friends newsletter.
  • Receive the quarterly program of Library events, exhibitions and publications.
  • You also receive a 15% discount at the National Library Bookshop and a 10% discount at the Bookplate restaurant and Paperplate café.

Discounts at selected bookshops



Discounts on cultural activities

Australian Chamber Orchestra 

10% discount for Canberra performances at Llewellyn Hall, ANU.
Discounted tickets can only be purchased online or by phoning 1800 444 444 and quoting the promotion code ‘MUSIC’ at the time of booking. (NB this discount is not available through Ticketek.)

Movie discounts

2-for-1 passes to selected movies are included with the quarterly magazine.

Free Films presented in conjunction with the Reel McCoy Film Society 

All Friends of the NLA members are entitled to attend the monthly screenings held in conjunction with the Reel McCoy. The film screenings are held in the Theatre at the National Library starting at 5.30pm. See here for more details on the film program.

Prickles: the Art of Flowers

10% discount on purchases to members of the Friends. 
Prickles: the Art of Flowers, a unique floral design studio located in Canberra City, is able to send bouquets in the Canberra / Queanbeyan area, interstate and around the world. Regular visitors to the National Library would have seen examples of their work at many Library events. To claim your discount, please quote your Friends membership number at the time of purchase. 

Discounts on accommodation in the ACT

Forrest Hotel and Apartments

Overnight accommodation in recently refurbished rooms at the following reduced rates, subject to availability:

  • Standard hotel room - $135 per room per night
  • One bedroom refurbished apartment - $189 per apartment per night
  • Two bedroom refurbished apartment - $219 per apartment per night

Bookings: 1800 676 372 (toll free) or 02 6203 4300, or email  Bookings may also be made online.

Reciprocal benefits with selected libraries and institutions

Powerhouse Museum Sydney

  • Access to the Members Lounge
  • Concession price on general Museum admission

Friends of the State Library of South Australia

  • Access to members lounge
  • Discounts for functions

Friends of the State Library of NSW

  • Discounts for events listed in What’s On Brochure
  • 10% discount at the Library Shop
  • Use of exclusive members’ room

 Friends of the State Library of Victoria

  • Access to the State Library's Friends lounge and associated facilities

Friends of the British Library

  • Access to the exclusive members’ room