Curator Nathan Woolley conducts a tour of the 'Waving the Red Flag' exhibition

Friends enjoy a number of benefits at the National Library and at a range of businesses and organisations:

Benefits at the National Library of Australia

  • invitations to Friends events, including exhibition previews, special collection viewings, lectures and curator talks
  • use of the private Friends Lounge, a space in which to read or relax with friends, enjoying the heritage vista from the Nan Kivell Room on Level 2
  • quarterly Friends Newsletters and weekly Friends eNews
  • 15% discount on purchases at the National Library Bookshop (excluding discounted or remaindered stock, limited edition prints, postage stamps, vouchers, copy cards, magazines and newspapers)
  • 20% discount on purchases at the Library's Bookplate restaurant and Paperplate cafe

Please note that the Friends Lounge will be closed for up to one year, from 1 September 2024, due to significant building improvement works taking place in and surrounding the space. For the duration of the closure, members will receive 20% off purchases at the Bookshop (usual exclusions apply).

Discounts at selected bookshops


Discounts on magazine subscriptions

Discounts on cultural activities

Australian Chamber Orchestra 

10% discount for Canberra performances at Llewellyn Hall, ANU. Discounted tickets can only be purchased online or by phoning 1800 444 444 and quoting the promotion code on your Benefits of Membership form in your latest membership renewal pack. (Please note this discount is not available through Ticketek.)

ACT National Trust

National Trust member prices on events and tours.

Canberra Philharmonic Society

10% discount on shows booked online.

Snow Concert Hall

Receive a 20% discount on individual concerts throughout the 2024 season, and a further 10% off the already discounted season pass. Use booking code LIB20.

Canberra REP

10% discount on shows booked online.

Discounts on dining

Pulp Book Cafe

5% discount off meals and book purchases.

Discounts on learning

Alliance Francaise Canberra

5% discount on Alliance Francaise Canberra language courses.

Dante Alighieri Society of Canberra

5% discount off first enrolment.

Discounts on accommodation

TFE Hotels

TFE Hotels offers Friends of the NLA a 15% discount on accommodation throughout Australia, subject to availability.

To make a reservation use the booking code on the Benefits of Membership form in your latest membership renewal pack and complete the online booking form.

Hotels include: 

Adina apartment hotels logo     Medina serviced apartments logo     Rendezvous hotels     Vibe hotels logo    Travelodge hotels logo    TFE hotels collection logo     TFE hotels logo     Kurrajong hotel logo

Forrest Hotel and Apartments

Book accommodation online and sign up to join as member to receive special discounted rates.

Bookings: 1800 676 372 (toll free) or 02 6203 4300, or email  Bookings may also be made online.

Reciprocal benefits with selected libraries and institutions

Friends of the State Library of South Australia

  • Access to members lounge
  • Discounts for functions
  • Member price for events
  • Discount on FSLSA publications

Friends of the State Library of NSW

  • Discounts for events listed in SLNSW What’s On Brochure
  • 10% discount at the Library Shop
  • Use of exclusive Friends Room

 Friends of the State Library of Victoria

  • 10% off food and beverage at Mr Tulk and Guild cafes
  • 10% off all full-priced books at Readings State Library
  • Members rates on paid events.

* Membership benefits are subject to change at any time without notice