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National Library of Australia

OPEN: 9am–5pm daily (Exhibition Gallery) visit website for full opening hours

ADDRESS: Parkes Place, Parkes

PHONE: 02 6262 1111


ADMISSION: Free guided tours

The National Library is one of Canberra’s landmark buildings, its lakeside location a superb marriage of building and site.

Housing more then 9 million items, the Library offers visitors a vast range of books, periodicals, manuscripts, pictures and music. From the rare and exquisite to the quirky and ephemeral, the collection includes items such as Captain Cook’s Endeavour journal and Australia’s largest collections of maps, Asia-Pacific materials, oral history and folklore.

Take a behind-the-scenes tour, participate in free workshops to tap into the National Library’s many resources, and enjoy our exhibitions and events program.

Visit one of Canberra’s finest book and gift shops, and bookplate, a fully licensed cafe with a wide range of meals, snacks and coffee.