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

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A COVID-safe visit

Some measures are in place to ensure you enjoy a safe visit to the National Library.
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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.
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Getting to the Library

The Library is located on Parkes Place in the central Canberra suburb of Parkes.

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Library tours

Tours are currently paused until further notice.

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Bookplate is the perfect spot for coffee, breakfast, lunch, business meetings and catching up with friends and family.

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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.

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Venue hire

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

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Facilities and access