- What we collect
- Preserving our collections
- Building our collections
- Selected Library collections
- Collection statistics
- History of the collection
- Processing and describing our collections
The Library is located on Parkes Place in the central Canberra suburb of Parkes in the Parliamentary Triangle.
There are several car parks surrounding the Library. A large all day car park can be found further along Parkes Place, towards the lake. Disabled parking can be found immediately south of the Library, in the car park closest to the front entrance. A smaller all day car park is also located south of the Library, near the loading bay and secure bicycle parking facilities. All car parks are regularly patrolled by parking inspectors so we advise that you ensure you are displaying the appropriate ticketing before leaving your vehicle.
Bicycle parking is available on the south side of the front entrance and in the car park adjacent to the loading dock off King Edward Terrace.
Travel by bus
ACTION bus services provide regular buses throughout the area. Closest bus stops are located along Commonwealth Avenue and King Edward Terrace.
Free Culture Loop bus
Visit the National Library with the free Culture Loop bus that connects Canberra's cultural institutions. Download the map and timetable.
Travel by taxi
Phone: 13 2227
SMS: 0481 072 700
SMS name, pickup address and time required.
Phone: 6260 6011
For pickups from the Library, specify the front entrance.
School and group visits
Consider planning your group excursion with a visit to nearby institutions. The Library is adjacent to Questacon and only 10 to 15 minutes walk from Old Parliament House, Australian Electoral Commission, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery and National Archives of Australia.
School buses and coachlines
There are drop-off and pick-up zones for school and group buses in front of the Library. However, there is no street parking for buses near the Library. Please note parking zones are available in front of the Questacon building, adjacent to the Library.
Visit our learning page for more information on planning your visit to the Library.