Welcome back to your National Library of Australia. 

Open now

Exhibition galleries & bookshop

Our exhibition galleries and NLA Bookshop are now open to the public 7 days a week, 9am–5pm.  

Reading Rooms

Our Reading Rooms are now open, with some reduced hours of operation in effect. 

The Library’s Main Reading Room and Special Collections Reading Room are open from 10am – 5pm Monday to Saturday. The Main Reading Room is open on Sunday from 1:30pm – 5:00pm. 

Friends of the National Library Lounge

The Friends of the National Library Lounge is open daily from 10am – 5pm. 

Resuming in early 2022 

Early in 2022 the Library will return to its usual operating hours. We look forward to welcoming you back to our events, tours and education programs.  

Please keep an eye on our website or follow our social media channels for updates.  

Your Covid Safe visit 

During your visit, please follow all the precautions we have put in place to protect you, other visitors and our staff. Please: 

  • Wear a mask at all times in the Library building
  • Register your visit through the Check In CBR app 
  • Practice physical distancing
  • Use cashless payment options

Please stay home if you’re unwell, required to self-isolate or required to be in quarantine — visitors exhibiting symptoms of illness may be asked to leave.  

The Library has taken active steps to review and adjust the air conditioning system to maximum intake of fresh air. 

If indoor spaces have reached maximum capacity under the ACT Government’s guidelines, you may be asked to delay your entry.  

All hard surfaces in the Library are cleaned daily and high touch points will be cleaned throughout the day.  

There are also hand hygiene facilities available at the entrance to the Library, entrance to the reading rooms and in other key locations. Sanitizing wipes are also available for the public to use in the locker areas and in the Reading Rooms. 

Keep an eye on our website or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates and news. 

Your visit to the Library – your questions answered 

Do I need to book? 

Visitors do not need to book to visit the Library, including the reading rooms and galleries. You can visit the areas that are open to the public whenever you like within the opening hours.  

On arrival at the Library, visitors will be asked to register their visit using the Check In CBR app.  

Multiple Check In CBR QR posters are available at the entrances to the building. 

Do I have to be fully vaccinated to visit the Library? 

No. In line with ACT Government vaccination status guidance for businesses, the Library is not required to check, and will not seek, proof-of-vaccination-status from visitors at this time.   

Will the Library’s toilets, lockers and water bubblers be available once the building opens? 

Bathroom facilities onsite will be available to the public from Monday 15 November, as will the free lockers on the LG1. Water bubblers will be closed. 

Is there a capacity limit? 

Prior to welcoming visitors back to the Library, we have checked our spaces and capacity to ensure compliance with density limits and social distancing requirements.  

Onsite signage will inform visitors of the capacity limits for each public space.  

Will I be asked to wait if capacity limits are reached?  

Yes. The Library’s staff will be monitoring visitor numbers when we reopen and direct visitors accordingly if capacity limits are reached.  

Can I still use the lifts?  

Yes. Visitors will be able to use the lifts but need to practice social distancing when doing so.  

Are Bookplate or Paperplate Cafes open?  

Bookplate is open daily from 9am - 2pm excluding public holidays. Paperplate remains closed until further notice.

When will my library card be mailed to me? 

Library cards are being progressively mailed out as our mail room reopens. 

When can I start requesting collection material again? 

Visitors and readers can request materials from Wednesday 24 November. Please check the Catalogue and Collection Delivery pages for information.  Please check the Catalogue carefully, building works may mean we cannot retrieve your request from the stack areas in the building. 

When will I get my order from Copies Direct? 

The Copies Direct team are working hard to process the backlog of requests we were unable to process during the ACT lockdown. Staff will return in a staged way to ensure a safe working environment.  We will respond to all requests received, but will be unable to meet usual service timeframes and cannot guarantee priority delivery. If you have placed a Copies Direct order and received a confirmation email, your order is in the queue and will be processed as soon as possible. If you need to change or cancel your order, please contact digitisationondemand@nla.gov.au with your request number.