National Library of Australia

Galleries, Museums and Collections

See the beautiful, the rare and the unexpected at the National Library of Australia on the shores of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin.

Following the successful partial reopening of the National Library, we are delighted to increase our reading room services and opening hours. The National Library Bookshop has also reopened.

From Saturday 1 August the Main Reading Room, Special Collections Reading Room and Petherick Reading room will reopen for their standard hours on weekends.

On Monday 3 August the Treasures Gallery and Exhibition Gallery will reopen. Our new exhibition, Australian Dreams: Picturing Our Built World, explores how artists have documented, interpreted, and celebrated a variety of buildings through image. Entry is free and you do not need to book a ticket.

During your visit, please follow all precautions we have put in place to protect you, other visitors, and our staff, including physical distancing and personal hygiene. Please stay home if you’re unwell – visitors exhibiting symptoms of illness may be asked to leave.

Seating is available for up to 140 readers in the Main Reading Room, 30 readers in the Special Collections Reading Room (including the Petherick Reading Room). We will be welcoming 50 visitors in the Treasures Gallery and 75 visitors in the Exhibitions Gallery (no bookings are required).

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