Innovative dining with exceptional views

Our licensed café, bookplate and outdoor dining area, ex libris offer an exciting array of tempting foods to please all tastes from snack foods to light lunches, affordable specials, delicious cakes, pastries and quality coffee.

bookplate logobookplate is the ideal place to have your wedding, corporate function, convention or just come and relax over cake and coffee with friends. Our café is situated in the Library’s marble foyer, surrounded by the famous Leonard French stained glass windows.

bookplate café opening hours

Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 6pm
Friday 8:30am to 4pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am to 3pm

For more information visit the bookplate website.

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For something different, try paperplate. With an environmentally friendly focus, paperplate offers a variety of fresh, inexpensive food to eat-in or take-away. The brightly furnished space around paperplate provides a great area to sit, relax and work anytime.

Paperplate is in our lounge area on the Lower Ground Floor. There is free Wi-Fi and power access as well as fabulous food and coffee.

paperplate's opening hours

  • Monday to Friday, 8.30 am – 3 pm

Functions & bookings

bookplate caters seven days per week for all functions and group sizes. In addition to bookplate café and the glass walled podium on the northern verandah, the National Library has a number of venues that are available for public hire.

These spaces are suited to seminars, conferences, meetings and presentation of varying sizes. For these bookings, contact Venue hire.