All public areas of the National Library are open to visitors. Check our Visit page for more information.

While face masks are not required when visiting the National Library, we encourage you to wear a face mask where physical distancing is not possible, such as in crowded areas, or while using the computers or photocopying alcoves in the reading rooms.

It is a requirement that all visitors over the age of 16 check in using the Check In CBR app.

To ensure your health and safety at the National Library, we are complying with ACT Government health directions. When you enter our building, you must abide by conditions of entry, which include the following COVID Safe requirements. Please:

  • register your visit using the Check In CBR app. If you do not have access to the app, see Security staff at the foyer information desk, who can check you in
  • practise good hand hygiene and social distancing
  • follow all ACT Government health advice.

Please continue to check ACT Government COVID-19 information and advice and do not enter the Library if you have recently been to an area with active COVID-19 cases or if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Visitors experiencing symptoms of illness may be asked to leave.

Social distancing restrictions still apply across the Library

Some Library activities have been paused, postponed or moved to online formats. For more details on these changes, please see our visitor update news page.

Seating is available for up to 270 readers in the Main Reading Room, 40 readers in the Special Collections Reading Room (including the Petherick Reading Room). We welcome up to 75 visitors in each of the Treasures Gallery and Exhibitions Gallery spaces (no bookings are required to attend Gallery spaces at this time).

  • If visitor numbers in each area reach maximum capacity, you may be asked to delay your entry to a particular area.
  • We encourage you to bring and use your own devices when visiting the Library. Free wi-fi is available throughout the building.
  • Contactless payment is preferred for all transactions, including for printing credit, cafe and bookshop purchases.

We're always open online

Explore the Library from home via our website, our catalogue, eResources, and Trove.

  • Discover free learning resources for primary and secondary students in our Digital Classroom.
  • Enjoy our online events program, which includes learning webinars, videos, podcasts and blog posts.
  • Ask a Librarian for help with research questions and navigating our collections.
  • Visit our bookshop, home to the best in Australian writing.