Find out what you can do when you visit the National Library
A COVID-safe visit
To ensure your health and safety at the National Library, we are complying with ACT Government health directions. Please wear a face mask and register your visit with Check In
The Library building opens at 8.30am on weekdays and 9am on weekends - closing times and reading room hours vary, so check our full hours before you visit.
Getting to the library
The Library is located on Parkes Place in the central Canberra suburb of Parkes.
The National Library offers a range of building and exhibition tours.
Bookplate is the perfect spot for coffee, breakfast, lunch, business meetings and catching up with friends and family.
National Library of Australia Bookshop
The Bookshop is home to the best in Australian writing, with a carefully curated range of gifts, homewares and jewellery.
Host your next event in one of the Library's venues.
Facilities and access
The National Library of Australia acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples – the First Australians – as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this land and gives respect to the Elders – past and present – and through them to all Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this website contains a range of material which may be considered culturally sensitive including the records of people who have passed away.