Whether this is your first visit to the Library, or the next of many, you can learn more about the Library, our services and our exhibitions by joining one of our free information sessions or guided tours.

If you are interested in learning more about the Library then consider joining one of the daily tours offered by our trained Volunteer Guides, who have a passion for sharing their knowledge of the Library and its collections. These tours are free but bookings are essential. 

Special tours of exhibitions or building art and architecture are also available by arrangement.

If you would like to learn how to access the Library's collections and resources, you may like to attend one of our weekly reading room orientations. These sessions offer a brief introduction to searching our collections and include an orientation to the Main Reading Room. Bookings are not required.

Learn more about these offerings and book now by following the prompts below.

Discover your National Library 

Daily Tours

Discover the history and collecting activities of the Library and how you can access and use our collections. You will visit the reading rooms and learn about its public artworks. You will see some remarkable items from the Collections that is yours and growing! Our passionate volunteer guides reveal the stories of some of our unique and most-valued treasures.

These tours are free to attend and depart from the Foyer. Bookings are essential. Tours are subject to volunteer guide availability. In the event of a cancellation, ticketholders will be advised as soon as possible.


Daily at 11am 

Tour duration

30 minutes



Book a ticket for the Discover your National Library tour

Reading Room orientation

Weekly session

New to the Library, or just want to learn more? Join us in the Main Reading Room for a live demonstration from our librarians, including tips on finding and getting what you need from our print and online collections, and a quick orientation to reading room services and facilities.

Bookings are not required, however groups of more than 8 people are not suitable for this session. 


Every Monday at 10.30am. This session is not run on public holidays. 


30 minutes



Group tours by arrangement

Treasures Gallery

Come face to face with remarkable items from the Library's collection that illustrate our great history. Let our volunteer guides give voice to their stories.

Art and Architecture of the Library

There is more to the Library than books! Find out how many different types of marble were used in its construction as you are guided through the public areas. Background stories will reveal amazing facts.

A minimum of two weeks' notice is required for groups of 10 or more people.

To discuss a tour for your community group, email volunteering@nla.gov.au or call 02 6262 1634. 

Our education program takes school bookings.