Whether this is your first visit to the Library, or the next of many, you can learn more about the Library and our exhibitions by joining one of our free guided tours. Tours are offered daily by our trained Volunteer Guides who have a passion for sharing their knowledge of the Library and its collections.

All tours are free to attend but bookings are essential. Tours depart from the Foyer. Tours are subject to volunteer guide availability. In the event of a cancellation, ticketholders will be advised as soon as possible.

Explore the tours currently on offer and book now by following the prompts below.

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.

When

Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 11:30am

Tour duration

30 minutes

Cost

Free

Book a ticket for the Treasures Gallery tour

On Stage exhibition tour

Let the National Library entertain you with On Stage: Spotlight on Our Performing Arts. There’s no business like show business, and our knowledgeable volunteers will guide you through this exhibition bringing Australia’s performing arts into the limelight. 

When

Every Tuesday at 10:30am

Tour duration

30 minutes

Cost

Free

Book a ticket for the On Stage tour

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.

When

Every Thursday at 11am

Tour duration

60 minutes

Cost

Free

Book a ticket for the Art and Architecture tour

Discover your National Library 

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

When

Every Saturday at 2pm

Tour duration

45 minutes

Cost

Free

Book a ticket for the Discover your National Library tour

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 volunteering@nla.gov.au or call 02 6262 1634. 

Our education program takes school bookings.