The National Library is located on Parkes Place in the central Canberra suburb of Parkes in the Parliamentary Triangle.


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There are several carparks surrounding the National Library. A large all day carpark can be found further along Parkes Place, towards the lake.  Three hour limited and disabled parking can be found immediately south of the Library, opposite the Treasury Building. A smaller all day carpark is also located south of the Library, near the loading bay and secure bicycle parking facilities. All carparks are regularly patrolled by parking inspectors so visitors are advised to check restrictions before leaving their vehicle.

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Travel by bus

ACTION bus services provide regular buses throughout the area. Closest bus stops are located along Commonwealth Avenue and King Edward Terrace. 

Travel by taxi

  • Canberra Elite; phone: 13 2227; website and online bookings: Canberra Elite; SMS: 0417 672 773 SMS name, pickup address and time required.
  • Cabxpress; phone: 6260 6011; website  and online bookings: Cabxpress

For pickups from the Library, specify the front entrance. 

School and group visits


Consider planning your group excursion with a visit to nearby institutions. The Library is adjacent to Questacon and only ten to fifteen minutes walk from Old Parliament House, Australian Electoral Commission, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery and National Archives of Australia.

School buses and coachlines

There are drop-off and pick-up zones for school and group buses in front of the Library. However, there is no street parking for buses near the Library. Please note parking zones are available in front of the Questacon building, adjacent to the National Library.

Visit our learning page for more information on planning your visit to the Library.