The National Library building, along with Bookplate and Paperplate cafes, is closed temporarily until further notice, in line with ACT Government health directions. For more information visit the Library's COVID-19 visitor information page.

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?

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.