Bookplate cafe is open 8.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 3pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays – reservations are required. Paperplate cafe is open 8.30am to 2pm Monday to Friday, closed on weekends and public holidays. Please check the Library's COVID-Safe visit information before you arrive.

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 8.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 3pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, 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.