National Library of Australia

Galleries, Museums and Collections

Welcome to the National Library of Australia – the home of your story.

Whether you are a culture lover looking to visit an exhibition, or you need a gift from the Bookshop, plan your visit today!

The exhibition galleries and the NLA Bookshop are open to the public seven days a week, from 9am to 5pm (except Christmas Day and Good Friday).

Visit their new exhibition, ‘Illustrating the Antipodes: George French Angas in Australia and New Zealand 1844-1845’, or discover highlights from their collection in the Treasures Gallery. Entry is free and you do not need to book a ticket.

The Library’s Main Reading Room and Special Collections Reading Room are open from 10am – 5pm Monday to Saturday. The Main Reading Room is open on Sunday from 1:30pm – 5:00pm. The Friends of the National Library Lounge is open daily from 10am – 5pm.

During your visit, please follow all the precautions they have put in place to protect you, other visitors and their staff, including registering your visit through the Check In CBR app, practising physical distancing and using cashless payment options. Please stay home if you’re unwell – visitors exhibiting symptoms of illness may be asked to leave.

Visit the website to plan your visit, or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates and news.


Carpark Coach Parking Conference/Convention Facilities Enquiry Desk Family Friendly Gallery / Museum Lockers Non Smoking Parents Room Public Toilet Shop / Gift Shop

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Disabled Assistance

Caters for vision impairment Wheelchair access


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