Bookplate Café is open from 9am to 3pm everyday – reservations are required. Paperplate café remains closed at this time. Read more... 

Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.
–Orson Welles

What better way to start your day than with a delicious breakfast, basking in the glow of the Library’s famous Leonard French stained glass windows?

Open from 7.30am on weekdays and 9am on weekends, Bookplate makes the perfect spot for breakfast, business meetings, lunch or catching up with friends and family. Indulge in coffee and cake, or take time and enjoy a sumptuous lunch while taking in some of Canberra's best lake views in Ex Libris on the Library's outdoor terrace. 

Bookplate offers delightful dishes using fresh local produce, barista-poured espresso coffee and local wines and boutique beers. Come in for a leisurely lunch or coffee with friends, or book a high tea, function or event.

For menus, bookings, openings hours and more, visit Bookplate's website.

If you need coffee and lunch on the go, Bookplate's 'little sister' cafe Paperplate on Lower Ground 1 is ideal for sandwiches, wraps, muffins, light meals and coffee.