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

Day Opening hours
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
Public holidays Closed

*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
Daily 9am to 5pm
Good Friday Closed
Christmas Day Closed


Day Opening hours
Daily 9am to 5pm
Good Friday Closed
Christmas Day Closed



Day Opening hours
Monday to Friday 8.30am to 3.30pm
Weekends and public holidays 9am to 3pm


Day Opening hours
Monday to Friday 8.30am to 2pm
Weekends and public holidays Closed


Public holidays

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

Location Opening hours
Reading rooms Closed
Treasures Gallery and Exhibitions Gallery 9am to 5pm
Bookshop 9am to 5pm
Bookplate cafe 9am to 3pm
Paperplate cafe Closed

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 Holiday Dates 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 Sunday Sunday 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 Day Sunday 26 December 2021 and
Tuesday 28 December 2021