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Reopening Update: August 2020
30 July 2020
Exhibition Galleries and Main Reading Room open every day – enjoy a CovidSafe visit
On Monday 3 August the Treasures Gallery and Exhibition Gallery will re-open. Our new exhibition, Australian Dreams: Picturing Our Built World, explores how artists have documented, interpreted, and celebrated a variety of buildings through image. Entry is free and you do not need to book a ticket.
Reading rooms – weekend opening
From Saturday 1 August 2020 the Main Reading Room, Special Collections Reading Room and Petherick Reading Room will re-open for their standard hours on weekends. This is an extention to our initial reopening on Wednesday 3 June 2020. Please check all opening hours before your visit.
There are no collection deliveries on weekends.
For material kept offsite you must submit your request by 8:00am Fridays. Most collection requests will be delivered according to our collection delivery times schedule. 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. Standard access conditions and restrictions apply.
Your CovidSafe visit
During your visit, please follow all the precautions we have put in place to protect you, other visitors, and our staff, including physical distancing and personal hygiene. Please stay home if you’re unwell - visitors exhibiting symptoms of illness may be asked to leave.
Seating is available for up to 140 readers in the Main Reading Room, 30 readers in the Special Collections Reading Room (including the Petherick Reading Room). We will be welcoming 50 visitors in the Treasures Gallery and 75 visitors in the Exhibitions Gallery (no bookings are required).
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.
Bookplate Café is open from 9am to 2:30pm everyday – reservations are required.
The parent room and bathrooms on Lower Ground 1 and Level 1 will be open.
Hand sanitiser and sanitised wipes are available for your use.
Please keep an eye on our website or follow our social media channels for the latest updates and news.
Read our Questions and Answers for more information about reopening the Library and your visit.
We’re always open online
Discover our free learning resources for primary and secondary students in our Digital Classroom;