Visiting the Library this festive period? Check our summer opening hours to make the most of your trip. 

Enjoy a COVID-safe visit. Please follow all the precautions we have put in place to protect you, other visitors and our staff.

Reading rooms

Our reading rooms will close at 5pm on Friday 24 December 2021 and reopen at 10am on Tuesday 4 January 2022.

Collection deliveries will cease at 3:45pm on Christmas Eve. Requests made on or after Friday 17 December 2021 will be kept on the reading room reserve shelves until close of business on Sunday 9 January 2022. Collection deliveries will resume on Tuesday 4 January 2022.


The Bookshop will be open daily from 9am – 5pm, excluding Christmas Day (Saturday 25th December). Explore new titles or pick up a last-minute gift for a literary loved-one.

Bookplate café

Bookplate café will be open daily from 9am - 2pm, excluding Christmas Day (Saturday 25th December). During this period, a limited menu will be in operation. Visit us for a coffee and a sweet treat.

Exhibition galleries

The exhibition galleries will also be open daily from 9am – 5pm, excluding Christmas Day (Saturday 25 December).

Explore our current major exhibition, Illustrating the Antipodes: George French Angas in Australia and New Zealand 1844-1845, drawing together nearly 200 artworks, sketches and books by colonial artist George French Angas, along with items relating to his life and the places he traveled to.

While you’re there, our newly-opened Treasures Gallery exhibition Circus: Roll up, roll up! features posters, images and memorabilia from the Vivian James Carter collection, and looks at how the circus industry has changed over time, from early beginnings of travelling sideshows through to the rise of the contemporary circus.

The Treasures Gallery also highlights some of the extraordinary items held in the Library’s collection – from maps and rare books to manuscripts, photographs and paintings.

Entry to the galleries is free and no bookings are required.

Find out more

Opening hours

Opening hours Main Reading Room Special Collections Reading Room Exhibition Galleries and National Library Bookshop
Saturday 25 December 2021, Christmas Day Closed Closed Closed
Sunday 26 December 2021 - Monday 3 January 2022 Closed Closed 9am–5pm
Tuesday 4 January 2022 10am–5pm 10am–5pm 9am–5pm