Enjoy a COVID Safe Visit

All public areas of the National Library are open to visitors.

As of 6 March 2021, it is mandatory in the ACT for Library visitors over the age of 16 to register their visit using the Check In CBR app.

Our COVID Safe Library

Getting to the Library

The National Library is located on Parkes Place, in Canberra's Parliamentary Triangle.

How to get here

Opening hours

The Library building opens at 8.30am Monday to Friday and 9am weekends.

Please note that all reading rooms are closed on public holidays. Public holiday opening hours for the galleries, Bookshop and Bookplate vary. The entire Library building is closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Please check our full opening hours when planning your visit:

Full opening hours

Collection delivery times

Collection delivery cut-offs vary during the week and there are no collection deliveries during evenings or on weekends, so please check our collection delivery times before you visit. You can also log in to your account with your Library card to request items before you visit.


Open daily, Bookplate is situated in the Library's marble foyer, surrounded by the famous Leonard French stained glass windows. Paperplate, Bookplate’s little sister on Lower Ground 1, is open weekdays for all your on-the-go refreshment needs.

Bookplate and Paperplate

National Library Bookshop

Our bookshop, home to the best in Australian writing, is open onsite daily from 9am to 5pm (closed Good Friday and Christmas Day) and always open online.

More information about the bookshop

Venue hire

We have a variety of rooms available for hire, including a theatre, conference room, foyer and training rooms.

More about venue hire

Facilities and accessibility

We have a variety of amenities for visitors.

Information about facilities and accessibility