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National Library building works update
25 May 2021
Roof replacement project
The National Library has begun work to restore the heritage copper roof following damage sustained during the January 2020 hailstorm.
The Library’s roof was subject to severe hail damage last year, requiring the installation of temporary protective sheeting from Stormseal. The sheeting will be removed in sections over the next twelve months as the copper is replaced.
Currently, there is no impact to public areas of the Library including reading rooms, cafes and the NLA Bookshop.
Replacement of poplars
The National Capital Authority (NCA) seeks to remove 38 Lombardy Poplars from the LIbrary's forecourt during 2021.
This work is required due to the very poor condition of most of these trees, and the arborist's assessment that their condition is not recoverable. Several trees have been removed in recent years because they have died or become unsafe.
The poplars will be replaced with semi-advanced Fastigate English Oaks.
For more information, please see the NCA's EPBC Act referral, available here. This referral is now open for public comment.