We're building you a better National Library

From now till mid-January building works to improve the façade of the library will be underway.

Just follow the signs posted near the front for the alternative entry and exit path during this time.

Christmas and New Year opening hours

Christmas and New Year opening hours are in place from Monday 18 December 2017 until Monday 8 January 2018. Check our opening hours before planning your visit

Christmas and New Year opening hours  |  Regular opening hours

Opening hours

Main Reading Room opening hours

DayOpening hours
Monday to Thursday10 am to 8 pm
Friday and Saturday*10 am to 5 pm
Sunday*1:30 pm to 5 pm

* No collection deliveries on Saturday or Sunday

Full opening hours

Please note that all reading rooms are closed on all public holidays. Opening hours for the bookshop, galleries and cafe vary.

Getting to the Library

The National Library is located on Parkes Place, in Canberra's Parliamentary triangle.

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Library external at dusk. Internal file: nla.obj-120937832

Bookplate and Paperplate cafes

Our Bookplate cafe is situated in the Library's marble foyer, surrounded by the famous Leonard French stained glass windows.

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Bookshop

Open daily 9am - 5pm
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
Phone: +61 (0)2 6262 1424

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Venue hire

Facilities at the National Library available for hire include the theatre, conference room, foyer and staff training rooms.

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Facilities and access

You have access to a number of services when you visit us. Read about what we have to offer.

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