Tours at the National Library of Australia have been temporarily paused until Monday, 12 July 2021 due to to COVID-19 safety precautions. Please check this page for information on when tours will resume.

A Nation Imagined

Explore more than 180 prints, engravings, paintings, drawings and artists' tools in our current exhibition, A Nation Imagined: The Artists of the Picturesque Atlas. Our knowledgeable volunteer guides highlight how the art of the Atlas shaped understandings of Australian settler-colonial history and ways of life.

Treasures Gallery 

Come face to face with remarkable items from the Library's collection that illustrate our great history. Let our volunteer guides give voice to their stories.

Art and Architecture of the Library

Hear how the architect conceived the design of the building and how the art fits into this vision. You will find out how many different types of marble were used in its construction.

Behind the Scenes 

Visit the stacks where the books are stored and learn about strange curiosities in the Library’s collection. Experience the history of the Library as well as witness its journey into the future.

Discover your National Library 

Discover the building with a volunteer guide and find out what we can do for you.

Group tours 

Groups are welcome, but, as our guides are volunteers, it is not always possible to arrange a tour outside those listed above. A minimum of two weeks' notice is required for groups of 10 or more people.

To discuss a tour for your community group, email or call 02 6262 1634. 

Our education program takes school bookings.