Bookplate cafe

Restaurant and Cafe

Bookplate cafe is temporarily closed in order for the Library to make necessary improvements to their much-loved heritage listed building. While Bookplate cafe is closed, coffee and light refreshments will be available at Paperplate cafe on Lower Ground 1 (LG1) at the National Library.

Paperplate cafe offers fresh and toasted sandwiches, wraps, salads, assorted baked goods, fruit salad, oats with fresh berries and chia pudding cups, along with hot and cold beverages.

Enjoy your drink and snack of choice on the go or at one of the tables in the Lower Ground 1 study area, no booking required!

Bookplate, while undergoing renovations, is an iconic Canberra cafe located within the National Library of Australia. Semi-surrounded by pairs of floor-to-ceiling Leonard French stained glass windows, it’s a relaxing and beautiful space to enjoy coffee, brunch or lunch with friends and family.

The expansive, sun-drenched outdoor Terrace, Ex Libris, overlooks Lake Burley Griffin and Patrick White Lawns. Making it a wonderful space for a morning coffee or a glass of bubbles in the sun.

Continue following the website for updates on Bookplate’s reopening date.


Alfresco/Outdoor Dining Bar Carpark Family Friendly Suitable for Functions Waterside Dining

Internet Access

Free Wifi

Meal Types

Breakfast Lunch

Cuisine Types

Australian Bakery/Patisserie Modern Australian


Fully licensed, No BYO

Disabled Assistance

Disabled access available

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