Our opening hours will be changing between Tuesday 24 December 2019 and Wednesday 1 January 2020. All reading rooms will be closed from Christmas Day, reopening on 2 January. But you’ll still be able to visit our Exhibition Galleries, our children’s holiday space, WordPlay, and Bookshop from 9am-5pm (except on Christmas Day). Bookplate café will also be open during this period, but with varied hours. Be sure to check our Summer Opening Hours before you visit.

Inked: Australian Cartoons

Inked: Australian Cartoons branded banner with the Kangaroo mascot illustration by David Pope
7 March 2019 to 21 July 2019,


Exhibition Gallery, Ground floor


No booking required

From lampooning leadership to laughing in the face of adversity, Inked: Australian Cartoons presents a selection of the best cartoons from the National Library of Australia’s extensive collections. The exhibition draws from over 14,000 cartoons by dozens of different artists, covering the period before the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 up to the present.

Delving into these works is like discovering thousands of time capsules, with each cartoon providing a snapshot of Australian life. Visitors will be captivated by the works on display by many of the greats of Australian cartooning including Will Dyson, Judy Horacek, Michael Leunig, David Low, Phil May, Alan Moir, Bruce Petty, Martin Sharp, Cathy Wilcox and many more.

Families will also have fun exploring the dedicated children’s area—Inked: Play.

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Exhibition highlights