Do I need to book a ticket?

No. Visitors are no longer required to pre-book a ticket to visit the Library. Visitors must check in using the Check in CBR app or use the visitors book at the foyer information desk.

Can I visit the National Library Bookshop? 

Yes. The National Library Bookshop is now open from 9am to 5pm daily. You can also continue to purchase Australian books and gifts from our online bookshop.

Are gallery tours running?

Volunteer tours of the Treasures Gallery have re-commenced and will run three days a week – bookings are essential for tours. Please keep an eye on our website or follow our social media channels for the latest updates adn news on tours.

Can I book a venue for a meeting, training course or event? 

Our venues remain closed at this stage. Please keep an eye on our website or follow our social media channels for the latest updates and news.

Reading rooms

What reading room services are available?

We encourage you to submit your reference enquiries via the online Ask a Librarian service.

Once you arrive at the Library, you will be able to access:

  • your requested collection material, from either the Main Reading Room or the Special Collections Reading Room
  • a desk
  • the Library’s free wi-fi to search the collections on your own device.

At this time, stack passes and reading room display material (including new books, journals and daily newspapers) are not available. Please speak with staff regarding alternative ways to access this material.

Most collections are available for request with most delivered according to our standard collection delivery times. Due to access conditions and other restrictions not all material will be able to be supplied during this timeframe. Some standard access conditions and restrictions apply.

Remember to log-in to the National Library Catalogue to see the status of your requests and to check which reading room it will be available in prior to your visit.

What about photocopying and printing?

Limited printing, photocopying and scanning facilities.  Printing credit can be added to your library card through cashless payments only.

We recommend readers bring their own device and a camera if they need to make copies of collection material. We will be asking users to limit their time on Library equipment and be mindful of others waiting. 

Sanitising wipes are available for use on equipment before and after it is used.

Can I use the open access microform or reference material in the reading rooms?

Yes. This material remains on open access in the reading rooms and is available for use. As it is high use, we ask you to be extra vigilant with your own personal hygiene to protect yourself and others.

Can I place collections on hold for another visit?

Yes, although the standard reserve period of seven days still applies. Ask staff for assistance and directions as our procedures have changed.