Main Reading Room opening hours
|Monday to Thursday||10 am to 8 pm|
|Friday and Saturday*||10 am to 5 pm|
|Sunday*||1:30 pm to 5 pm|
* No collection deliveries on Saturday or Sunday
Please note that all reading rooms are closed on all public holidays. Opening hours for the bookshop, galleries and cafe vary.
Getting to the Library
The National Library is located on Parkes Place, in Canberra's Parliamentary triangle.
- For children and families
- For teachers and students
- Planning your school visit
- Digital Classroom
- School programs and guided tours
- Treasure Explorer
Exhibitions and tours
- Treasures Gallery
- Celestial Empire: Life in China 1644-1911
- Portraits of the Famous and Infamous
- Canberra: Then & Now
- Library tours
- Past exhibitions
bookplate and paperplate cafes
Our bookplate cafe is situated in the Library's marble foyer, surrounded by the famous Leonard French stained glass windows.
Open daily 10am - 5pm
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
Phone: +61 (0)2 6262 1424
Facilities at the National Library available for hire include the theatre, conference room, foyer and staff training rooms.
Facilities for visitors
The library provides a number of services when you visit us. Read about what we have to offer.