Volunteer leading two visitors on exhibition tour

Visiting the National Library? Whether this is your first visit 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. Your Guide will welcome the opportunity to introduce you to the National Library, our collections and the stories of Australia.  

Story Time 

Dreaming, adventure, family, environment and imagination: let our guides speak to you about what makes this exhibition of Australian children's literature so compelling.

For: everyone
Availability: Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends at 10.30 am 
Bookings: not required, however, a minimum of two weeks notice is required for group bookings
Cost: free
Duration: 30 minutes, meet in the foyer

Tours will be on daily during the school holidays from 30 Sept until 14 October.

Treasures Gallery 

Come face-to-face with remarkable items from the Library's collection that illustrate our great history.

For: everyone
Availability: daily at 11.30 am 
Bookings: not required, however, a minimum of two weeks notice is required for group bookings
Cost: free
Duration: 30 minutes, meet in the foyer

Behind the Scenes 

Visit the stacks where the books are stored and learn about strange curiosities in the Library’s collection that have been acquired over more than a century of collecting. Experience the history of the Library as well as witness its journey into the future.

For: everyone
Availability: every Thursday at 2pm, except public holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year
Bookings: not required, however, a minimum of two weeks notice is required for group bookings
Cost: free
Duration: 60 minutes, meet in the foyer

Discover your National Library 

Join a Library guide for a journey around the building and discover the stories in the Reading Rooms and public spaces.

For: everyone
Availability: every Saturday at 2pm, except public holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year
Bookings: not required, however, a minimum of two weeks notice is required for group bookings
Cost: free
Duration: 45 minutes, meet in the foyer

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.