Our venue hire program is administered by the Community Outreach Branch.

The following venues are available for hire:

Venues and pricing

Theatre

Theatre

The capacity of the Library's Theatre (lower ground floor) is 297 people. We have the provision to cordon off the rear rows of seats to cater for smaller groups. The Theatre is typically used for formal lectures and presentations. It has clear and easy access from the Main Foyer.

The Theatre is fitted with a hearing loop, data projector, lectern, microphones, VHS, DVD, CD, cassette, PC and film projectors for 32 mm and 16 mm.

Costs for Theatre
Day Time Details Cost
Monday to Friday Daytime Minimum charge (4 hrs or less) $630
Full day (up to 8 hours) $790
Evening (after 5pm)   Minimum charge (4 hrs or less) $740
Hourly evening charge (after 4 hours) $185
Sat/Sun/Public Holidays Daytime Minimum charge (4 hrs or less) $740
Full day (up to 8 hours) $950
Evening (after 5pm) Minimum charge (4hrs or less) $870
Hourly evening charge (after 4 hours) $220

* The above charges are subject to change and do not include cost associated with security, projectionist or AV provisions.

Main Foyer

National Library foyer

The capacity of the Library's Foyer (ground floor) is approximately 350 people with standing room only. There are restrictions placed on the hire and use of the Foyer. Please contact Venue Hire on 02 6262 1234 for further details.

This room does not have any permanent electronic equipment. 

Costs for Main Foyer
Day Time Details Cost
Monday to Friday Daytime Minimum charge (4 hrs or less) $800
Full day $1000
Evening (after 5pm)   Minimum charge (4 hrs or less) $1400
Hourly evening charge (after 4 hours) $350
Sat/Sun/Public Holidays Daytime Minimum charge (4 hrs or less) $950
Full day $1200
Evening (after 5pm) Minimum charge (4hrs or less) $1700
Hourly evening charge (after 4 hours) $425

* The above charges are subject to change and do not include cost associated with security or AV provisions.

 

Training Room

Training room 3/4

The Training Room (fourth floor) has a capacity of 20 people. The room is suitable for small training groups and meetings. It is equipped with a data projector, Apple AirPlay, HDMI and a whiteboard wall.

Costs for Training Room
Day Time Details Cost
Monday to Friday Daytime Minimum charge (4 hrs or less) $400
Full day $490
Evening (after 5pm)   Minimum charge (4 hrs or less) $440
Hourly evening charge $110
Sat/Sun/Public Holidays Daytime Minimum charge (4 hrs or less) $440
Full day $520
Evening (after 5pm) Minimum charge (4hrs or less) $500
Hourly evening charge $125

*The above charges are subject to change and do not include security or AV provisions.

IT Training Room

IT Training Room 1/2

IT Training Room (fourth floor) has a capacity of 20 people. The room is equipped with 20 PCs and a trainer computer, which is linked to the data projector, displaying on a whiteboard wall. Apple AirPlay and HDMI connections for the use of laptops are also available.

Costs for IT Training Room
Day Time Details Cost
 
Monday to Friday Daytime Minimum charge (4 hrs or less) $440
Full day $520
Evening (after 5pm)   Minimum charge (4 hrs or less) $480
Hourly evening charge $120
Sat/Sun/Public Holidays Daytime Minimum charge (4 hrs or less) $480
Full day $570
Evening (after 5pm) Minimum charge (4hrs or less) $530
Hourly evening charge $135

* The above charges are subject to change and do not include security or AV provisions.

Meeting Room

Meeting Room 1

Meeting Room (fourth floor) has a capacity of 20 people seated around an oval-shaped table. This venue is suitable for a conventional meeting. It is equipped with a data projector, whiteboard wall and teleconference phone.

Costs for Meeting Room
Day Time Details Cost
Monday to Friday Daytime Minimum charge (4 hrs or less) $400
Full day $490
Evening (after 5pm)   Minimum charge (4 hrs or less) $440
Hourly evening charge $110
Sat/Sun/Public Holidays Daytime Minimum charge (4 hrs or less) $440
Full day $520
Evening (after 5pm) Minimum charge (4hrs or less) $500
Hourly evening charge $125

* The above charges are subject to change and do not include security or AV provisions.

Conference Room

Conference Room

The Conference Room (fourth floor) capacity is 100 people seated in theatre style. In a classroom style format, the capacity is 30 people. The fourth floor lobby can be used as an adjacent catering area for groups of up to 40 people. The equipment in this room includes a permanent laptop, PC, lectern, roving microphone, lapel microphone, ceiling projector and hearing loop.

Costs for Conference Room
Day Time Details Cost
Monday to Friday Daytime Minimum charge (4 hrs or less) $630
Full day $790
Evening (after 5pm)   Minimum charge (4 hrs or less) $740
Hourly evening charge $185
Sat/Sun/Public Holidays Daytime Minimum charge (4 hrs or less) $740
Full day $950
Evening (after 5pm) Minimum charge (4hrs or less) $890
Hourly evening charge $220

* The above charges are subject to change and do not include security or AV provisions.

Ferguson Room

Ferguson Room

The Ferguson Room (first floor) is suitable for lecture style activities and has a capacity of 40 people. The equipment in this room includes a permanent laptop, PC, lectern, ceiling projector and hearing loop.

Costs for Ferguson Room
Day Time Details Cost
Monday to Friday Daytime Minimum charge (4 hrs or less) $480
Full day $640
Evening (after 5pm)   Minimum charge (4 hrs or less) $590
Hourly evening charge $150
Sat/Sun/Public Holidays Daytime Minimum charge (4 hrs or less) $590
Full day $800
Evening (after 5pm) Minimum charge (4hrs or less) $740
Hourly evening charge $185

 * The above charges are subject to change and do not include security or AV provisions.

Brindabella Room

Photo of the Brindabella Room

The Brindabella room (fourth floor) is a large open space suitable for large groups and meetings or catering space with a capacity of 150 people. This room does not have permanent equipment.

This room does not have any permanent electronic equipment. A data projector and screen can be provided if required.

Costs for Brindabella Room
Day Time Details Cost
Monday to Friday Daytime Minimum charge (4 hrs or less) $520
Full day (up to 8 hours) $630
Evening (after 5pm)   Minimum charge (4 hrs or less) $600
Hourly evening charge $150
Sat/Sun/Public Holidays Daytime Minimum charge (4 hrs or less) $600
Full day $710
Evening (after 5pm) Minimum charge (4hrs or less) $640
Hourly evening charge $160

Venue hire services

To book a venue

Bookings and enquires should be directed to:

Manager, Venue Administration
National Library of Australia
Canberra ACT 2600
phone (02) 6262 1234
fax (02) 6262 1274
email: venuehire@nla.gov.au

Tentative bookings and cancellations

The Library will hold tentative bookings for a period for seven days, after which the booking will be cancelled unless the hirer notifies the Library in writing by returning the completed Licence for Hire agreement.

Unless the hirer provides the Library notice in writing of their intention not to use the venue 30 days prior to the commencement of the period of hire, the hirer remains responsible for payment of the charges as defined in Section 1.1 of the Licence for Hire agreement

Catering services

The Library's catering services are provided by bookplate café.

All Venue Hire client inquires regarding catering are to be directed to bookplate management. Catering liaison is the responsibility of the client.

Secretariat support services

The Library does not provide secretariat support services as part of the venue hire program. If required, this is to be sourced separately by the client. Photocopying is available onsite in the Main Reading Room, located on the ground floor.

Photography, filming or recording of events of function

The unauthorised use of photography, filming or recording equipment on Library property, including on the podium, is prohibited. A venue hire client can request to use such equipment through a written application to the Security Services Manager stating:

  • who they are representing;
  • the propose of the event;
  • the purpose of the photography, filming or recording;
  • the exact time and date in which they are going to carrying out the photography, filming or recording; and
  • the location within the Library.

Security services

For all out-of-standard-hours events, security is mandatory.

Standard Library opening hours are:

  • Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Friday to Saturday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday: 1:30pm to 5:00pm

These times are subject to change. Please confirm correct opening times for each event.

Security requirements are assessed by the Security Services Section in consultation with Protective Security Coordination Centre (PSCC) administered by the Attorney-General's Department.

Assessments are subject to change dependant on final event requirements, including high profile guest and audience members. All additional costs associated with hosting an out-of-hours event are passed onto the venue hire clients.

For high profile events, guest lists are required by the Security Services Section a minimum of five business days prior to the event. This list should include any persons of note. Persons of note include, but are not exclusive to, members of federal or local government including ministers and shadow ministers; high-ranking government representatives; members of the diplomatic community; and distinguished members of the private sector or public personalities.