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Address: Parkes Place, Canberra ACT 2600, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 6262 1111
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A Great place for a Variety of Activities

The National Library is a great source not only for reading material and archival. There are often free lecture like the one I attended last week about the history of the... read more

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The National Library is a great source not only for reading material and archival. There are often free lecture like the one I attended last week about the history of the concertina along with live music, also music connected to a theme on Antartica. The Treasures Gallery awlays adds historical interest and the gallery next door hosts exhibtions that are... More 

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Springwood, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Sell exhibit has a great variety of advertising material from Australia ranging from posters and handbills to TV ads. Support material from newspaper articles and photos, objects and interviews gave a fascinating background to exhibits. We found several items to purchase in the excellent bookshop and enjoyed coffee on the terrace. A lovely morning out with friends and entry... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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46 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The NLA is a very under rated tourist attraction. The treasures room displays the first maps from the 1600's which depict Australia and also display a collection of object and maps that trace Australia's discovery by Europeans. Well worth a visit just for this but there are always other exhibitions on display. The Sell is the latest exhibition and covers... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The National Library really repays a visit. The Book Plate bistro, the book shop and the displays are tremendous - each in their own right. The bistro has undergone a face lift from a physical perspective and whilst it has lost its previous charm the menu is as good as ever. Try the pumpkin salad. The book shop is as... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Joined the 2pm free tour of the library, our guide Shirley was very informative, explained a lot about the library gave us a much better appreciation of our national library

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Thank Net M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It looks like a great place for study, but as a visitor to Canberra the nicest part for me was the Cafe/bar. It was a lovely place to stop for a drink and enjoy the atmosphere. I didn't try any food, but it looked pretty good.

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

If visiting Canberra this is an interesting location to visit. The building is modelled on the Parthenon and set beside Lake Burley Griffin. There's a great book shop for starters and various exhibitions for which there is no charge. Recommended for when you're in this interesting area.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Interesting place to see but a great place to do quiet work, reading and study. The cafe though is decent and very enticing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

There are some very intersting artefacts in the exhibits at the library. Coming from Western Australia I found the silver plate belonging to Captain James Stirling and the maps created by Dirk Hartgog of particular interest. Lovely view over the lake from the outdoor area at the cafe.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Did tour of library on weekend. Helpful and knowledgeable volunteers provided good info and access to areas while explaining services available to the public.

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