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, 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 Nan Kivell Room and beautiful views of  Lake Burley Griffin
  • quarterly Friends Newsletters and weekly Friends eNews
  • 15% discount on all online ticket purchases for National Library events
  • 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)
  • 10% discount on purchases at the Library's BOOKPLATE restaurant and PAPERPLATE cafe

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.

ACT Writers Centre

10% discount on ACT Writers Centre workshops.

Canberra Philharmonic Society

10% discount on shows booked online.

Musica Viva

Receive a 10% DISCOUNT on single tickets to Musica Viva's International Concert Season. Call 1800 688 482 for details. Offer excludes concession and Under 30 and cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion.

Canberra Repertory Society 

Two-for-one tickets on preview night.

Discounts on dining


5% discount off weekday lunches.

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

5% discount on best rate if called directly, subject to availability.

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

Powerhouse Museum Sydney

  • Access to the Members Lounge
  • Concession price on general Museum admission

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

  • Access to the State Library's Friends lounge and associated facilities
  • 10% discount at The Moat Cafe
  • 10% discount at SLV Readings bookshop
  • Access to free Friends events