Summer opening hours
Our summer opening hours will be in place from Saturday 24 December 2022 until Monday 2 January 2023. Regular opening hours resume on Tuesday 3 January 2023.
|Opening Hours||Main Reading Room and Special Collections Reading Room||Exhibition Galleries and Bookshop||Bookplate Cafe|
|Friday 23 December 2022||10am-5pm||9am-5pm||8:30am-4pm|
|Saturday 24 December 2022||10am-5pm||9am-5pm||9am-4pm|
|Sunday 25 December 2022||Closed||Closed||Closed|
|Monday 26 – Tuesday 27 December 2022||Closed||9am-5pm||9am-3pm|
|Wednesday 28 – Friday 30 December 2022||Closed||9am-5pm||8:30am-4pm|
|Saturday 31 December 2022||Closed||9am-5pm||9am-4pm|
|Sunday 1 – Monday 2 January 2023||Closed||9am-5pm||8:30am-4pm|
|Tuesday 3 – Thursday 5 January 2023||10am-8pm||9am-5pm||8:30am-4pm|
Collection deliveries to reading rooms
Collection deliveries will cease at 3:45pm on Friday 23 December 2022.
Requests made on or after Friday 16 December 2022 will be kept on the reading room reserve shelves until close of business on Sunday 8 January 2023.
Collection deliveries resume on Tuesday 3 December 2023.
Regular opening hours
The National Library of Australia building, including the Friends Lounge, opens at 8.30am on weekdays and 9am on weekends. The building closes at 8pm Monday to Thursday and at 5pm on Fridays, weekends and public holidays. The opening hours of Bookplate, the bookshop, the exhibition galleries and the reading rooms vary and are listed below.
Please note that there are no collection deliveries during evenings or on weekends and that delivery times vary throughout the week. Check delivery times before you visit.
|Monday to Thursday||10am to 8pm|
|Friday and Saturday*||10am to 5pm|
|Sunday*||1.30pm to 5pm
Special Collections and Petherick reading rooms are closed on Sundays
*Collection requests are not delivered on weekends. Check collection delivery times to make the most of your visit.
Reading Room opening hours – Summer 2022-23: Please note that our Reading Rooms will be closed for the annual summer holiday break from Sunday 25 December 2022 to Monday 2 January 2023 inclusive.
|Daily||9am to 5pm|
|Daily||9am to 5pm|
|Monday to Friday||8:30am to 4pm|
|Weekends||9am to 4pm|
|Public holidays||9am to 3pm|
|Monday to Friday||Closed|
|Weekends and public holidays||Closed|
The Library is closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day. Opening hours for all other public holidays are:
|Treasures Gallery and Exhibitions Gallery||9am to 5pm|
|Bookshop||9am to 5pm|
|Bookplate cafe||9am to 2pm|
Note: Public holidays as observed in the Australian Capital Territory. When a public holiday falls on a weekend a subsequent or additional date may be observed.
|Public Holiday||Dates to be observed|
|New Year’s Day||Saturday 1 January 2022 and Monday 3 January 2022|
|Australia Day||Wednesday 26 January 2022|
|Canberra Day||Monday 14 March 2022|
|Good Friday||Friday 15 April 2022|
|Easter Saturday||Saturday 16 April 2022|
|Easter Sunday||Sunday 17 April 2022|
|Easter Monday||Monday 18 April 2022|
|ANZAC Day||Monday 25 April 2022|
|Reconciliation Day||Monday 30 May 2022|
|Queen’s Birthday||Monday 13 June 2022|
|Labour Day||Monday 3 October 2022|
|Christmas Day||Sunday 25 December 2022 and
Tuesday 27 December 2022
|Boxing Day||Monday 26 December 2022|