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National Library of Australia

Parkes Place, Canberra ACT 2600, Australia
+61 2 6262 1111
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See the beautiful, the rare and the unexpected at the National Library of Australia on the shores of Canberra's Lake Burley Griffin. The ever-changing Treasures Gallery gives you free access to some of Australia's most moving stories. Make the journey and be intrigued, surprised, challenged and amazed by the stories these unique treasures tell. Highlights include material from the 1967 referendum and the campaign for Indigenous rights, as well as intriguing items from the life of poet Henry Lawson, including his fob watch and two of his pens. Enjoy unparalleled access to Australia's documentary heritage including books, serials, maps, newspapers, music and ephemera. Take in an exhibition, join a tour, browse the bookshop, or enjoy a bite to eat at Bookplate Cafe, taking in the lake-side views. Exhibition galleries are open from 10am to 5pm daily (except Christmas Day and Good Friday). Hours vary for the reading rooms, NLA Bookshop and Bookplate. Please see nla.gov.au/visit-us/opening-hours to plan your visit.
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Parkes Place, Canberra ACT 2600, Australia
+61 2 6262 1111
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I processed my membership online from my home in Sydney. Browsed the online catalogue and booked several (relatively rare) texts for collection before I travelled. Books were ready for review on arrival - typically only 45 minutes is required from booking to collection! Plenty of...More

Thank MultiplexMan
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have the great good fortune of living in Canberra and can access the National Library easily. I have requested many items for review and have saved a ton of money following my private research interests. The special collections are upstairs; newspaper microfiche, special exhibits,...More

Thank drs8h
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For a national library you would think there would be more books? There’s a gallery with pictures of lots of white people which is vaguely interesting but no pictures of the true first Australians which is upsetting. I will say that there is a very...More

Thank backpackingnewbie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Check out special exhibitions that may interest you. We were lucky enough to see a really cool photography exhibition.

Thank Re8gal
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited to check out the recently restored 1600s map of Australia -west coast mainly. Many interesting objects as well as this. Great cafe.

Thank DennisCAdelaide
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Recently we visited a photography exhibition. We really enjoyed it and after we pottered around the shop and of course bought the book!! The staff seem friendly, I even have a book here! YMMV

Thank wing6rider-Australia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The National Library is more of a museum then a library. It has some exhibitions and displays, a stained glass window, a bookshop and two cafes. Some of the displays are mildly interesting, for example the 2000 Sydney Olympic torch. However the library has been...More

Thank VincentVasco
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was actually heading to Old Parliament House, but the bus dropped me here so I ventured in. I found 2 exhibitions that were free to enter, one with Chinese propaganda posters, and another showcasing photography of Tasmanian wilderness. The Chinese exhibition was quite interesting....More

Thank jebskulker
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Made our first visit to the National Library with the prime goal of viewing the exhibition 'DOMBROVSKIS: JOURNEYS INTO THE WILD'. It was displayed really well, with sufficient space, tasteful lighting and commentary around the exhibition. We also popped in to see the National Treasures...More

Thank purple_traveller
Reviewed 30 October 2017

The National Library is a tremendous place to visit, even if you don't enter the Library itself. There is a fantastic bookshop, a very good and busy cafe/restaurant (best to book at lunchtime), and the regular exhibitions are invariably of a very high quality. The...More

Thank 556bharris
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