Temporary building closure

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


Regular opening hours 

The National Library of Australia building 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.

Reading rooms

DayOpening hours
Monday to Thursday10am to 8pm
Friday and Saturday*10am to 5pm
Sunday*1.30pm to 5pm
Special Collections and Petherick reading rooms are closed on Sundays
Public holidaysClosed

*Collection requests are not delivered on weekends. Check collection delivery times to make the most of your visit.

Treasures Gallery and Exhibition Gallery

Day Opening hours
Daily9am to 5pm
Good FridayClosed
Christmas DayClosed


DayOpening hours
Daily9am to 5pm
Good FridayClosed
Christmas DayClosed



DayOpening hours
Monday to Friday8.30am to 3.30pm
Weekends and public holidays9am to 3pm


DayOpening hours
Monday to FridayClosed
Weekends and public holidaysClosed


Public holidays

The Library is closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day. Opening hours for all other public holidays are:

LocationOpening hours
Reading roomsClosed
Treasures Gallery and Exhibitions Gallery9am to 5pm
Bookshop9am to 5pm
Bookplate cafe9am to 3pm
Paperplate cafeClosed

Public holidays 2021

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 HolidayDates to be observed
New Year’s Day Friday 1 January 2021
Australia Day Tuesday 26 January 2021
Canberra Day Monday 8 March 2021
Good Friday Friday 2 April 2021
Easter Saturday Saturday 3 April 2021
Easter SundaySunday 4 April 2021
Easter Monday Monday 5 April 2021
ANZAC Day Sunday 25 April 2021 and
Monday 26 April 2021
Reconciliation Day Monday 31 May 2021
Queen’s Birthday Monday 14 June 2021
Labour Day Monday 4 October 2021
Christmas Day Saturday 25 December 2021 and
Monday 27 December 2021
Boxing DaySunday 26 December 2021 and
Tuesday 28 December 2021