National Library of Australia


Situated on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin, the National Library of Australia houses one of the world’s most remarkable collections of material relating to Australia and the Australian people. From early ephemera to the nation’s musical history, from historic maps to the rarest of manuscripts and books, from pictures and photographs to oral history recordings, the Library’s vast collection is for everyone to enjoy.


Come face-to-face with many of Australia’s greatest stories in our permanent Treasures Gallery and visit the Exhibition Gallery, which showcases a range of temporary exhibitions of stunning items from both our collection and from around the world. The Library’s vibrant events program, which includes behind-the-scenes tours, author talks, musical performances and film screenings, has something to offer visitors of all ages.



With helpful staff always on hand, our reading rooms are an ideal place for research and study. And no visit to the Library is complete without treating yourself to the culinary delights on offer at our cafés bookplate and paperplate.


The Library also has many function spaces available for hire. For further information about our venue-hire options, go to the functions tab.