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.
All National Library reading rooms will be closed for Australia Day, Friday 26 January 2018. Regular reading room hours will resume on Saturday 27 January 2018. See our opening hours for more information.
Main Reading Room opening hours
|Monday to Thursday||10 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
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.
Bookplate and Paperplate cafes
Our Bookplate cafe is situated in the Library's marble foyer, surrounded by the famous Leonard French stained glass windows.
Open daily 9am - 5pm
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
Phone: +61 (0)2 6262 1424
Facilities at the National Library available for hire include the theatre, conference room, foyer and staff training rooms.
Facilities and access
You have access to a number of services when you visit us. Read about what we have to offer.