Find out what you can do when you visit the National Library

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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

Opening hours

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.

Library tours

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.

inside the National Library Bookshop

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.

National Library of Australia

Venue hire

Host your next event in one of the Library's venues.

wheel chair

Facilities and access