Reopening Together: Next Steps

We’re delighted to be able to increase our reading room services and opening hours. Read more... 

Reopening Together: Next Steps

Reopening Together: Next Steps
24 June 2020

Following the successful partial re-opening of the National Library of Australia on the 3 June 2020, we are delighted to be able to increase our reading room services and opening hours from 10am on 29 June 2020. The National Library’s Main Reading Room, Special Collections Reading Room and Petherick Reading Room will be open from 10am – 5pm, Monday to Friday – and you don’t need to book. 

We still need to take precautions to protect you, other visitors, and our staff, so ask you to observe all conditions of entry. Seating will be available for up to 140 readers in the Main Reading Room and 30 readers in the Special Collections Reading Room (including the Petherick Reading Room). 

The National Library Bookshop has also re-opened from 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, and 9am – 3pm on weekends.  

We will progressively increase reading room services and opening hours in line with the ACT Government’s COVID-19 Canberra Recovery Plan

Please keep an eye on our website or follow our social media channels for the latest updates and news. 

Order collection items before your visit 

Most collection requests will be delivered according to our collection delivery times schedule. 

Standard access conditions and restrictions apply. Log-in to the National Library Catalogue to see the status of your requests and to check which reading room it will be available in prior to your visit.  

Your visit 

When visiting the National Library: 

  • Please stay home if you’re unwell - visitors exhibiting symptoms of illness may be asked to leave

  • Visitors are asked to comply with health and hygiene measures including physical distancing and using the hand sanitiser provided. If the reading rooms have reached maximum capacity under the ACT Government’s guidelines, you may be asked to delay your entry. 

  • Visitors are encouraged to bring their own device and lockers will be available on Lower Ground Level 1. 

  • Limited printing, photocopying or scanning facilities. Printing credit can be added to your library card through cashless payments only.  

  • The Treasures Gallery and Exhibition Gallery remain closed at this time, as does Paperplate café and the communal space on Lower Ground 1. 

  • Bookplate café has also re-opened. See their website for details. 

  • The parent room and bathrooms on Lower Ground 1 and Level 1 will be open. 

Read our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about reopening the Library and your visit. 

We’re still open online 

Explore the Library from home via Trove, our website, the National Library Catalogue and eResources

  • Discover our free learning resources for primary and secondary students in our Digital Classroom;  

  • Participate in our online events by attending webinars, watching videos, reading our blogs and listening to podcasts; 

  • Continue to Ask a Librarian for help with research questions or navigating our collections;   

  • Visit our online Bookshop for a wonderful selection of Australian books. 

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