Visitor update: COVID-19 and visiting the National Library - 20 March 2020

In the interest of providing onsite Library services to visitors while working to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the following changes will take place from Monday 23 March until further notice: 

  • The Library will close at 5pm each day. 

  • Visitors to the Library will be encouraged to bring their own laptops and tablets and use EFTPOS or payWave when making purchases. 

  • The number of desktop computers available in the Main Reading Room and Special Collections Reading Room will be reduced. Priority will be given to visitors accessing Library collection materials. 

  • Interactive displays in the Treasures Gallery and the Oral History Wall will be switched off. 

  • Level 3: the Asian Collections Reading Room will be closed. Asian Collections material can still be ordered and collected from the Special Collections Reading Room on Level 1. 

  •  Level 4: the Friends Lounge, access to the vending machine and other public spaces will be closed.  

The Library is taking these steps in order to minimise the risk associated with COVID-19. These measures are being taken so we can prioritise our services and remain open. 

All our digital services will remain available. Continue to Ask A Librarian for help with your research questions or navigating our collections; explore the Library from home via Trove, the National Library Catalogue and eResources; and attend webinars, listen to podcasts and read our blogs.  

As we all grapple with the challenges that 2020 has presented, the Library is focusing on supporting you with new ideas to explore Australian culture and history, so please continue to use our services and join our digital community to share your ideas and contributions.

Read our previous visitor update: COVID-19 and onsite public events - 16 March 2020