Opening hours

Main Reading Room opening hours

DayOpening hours
Monday to Thursday9 am to 9 pm
Friday and Saturday*9 am to 5 pm
Sunday*1:30 pm to 5 pm

* No collection deliveries on Saturday or Sunday

Full reading room opening hours.

Full Exhibition and Treasures Gallery hours.

The Library building is closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Full Public Holiday opening hours.

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Getting to the Library

The National Library is located on Parkes Place, in Canberra's Parliamentary triangle

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Library external at dusk

bookplate and paperplate cafes

Our bookplate cafe is situated in the Library's marble foyer, surrounded by the famous Leonard French stained glass windows

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Open daily 9am - 5pm
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
Phone: +61 (0)2 6262 1424

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Venue hire

Facilities at the National Library available for hire include the theatre, conference room, foyer and staff training rooms.

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Facilities for visitors

The library provides a number of services when you visit us. Read about what we have to offer

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