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National Library of Australia

Parkes Place, Canberra ACT 2600, Australia
+61 2 6262 1111
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See the beautiful, the rare and the unexpected at the National Library of Australia on the shores of Canberra's Lake Burley Griffin. The ever-changing Treasures Gallery gives you free access to some of Australia's most moving stories. Make the journey and be intrigued, surprised, challenged and amazed by the stories these unique treasures tell. Highlights include material from the 1967 referendum and the campaign for Indigenous rights, as well as intriguing items from the life of poet Henry Lawson, including his fob watch and two of his pens. Enjoy unparalleled access to Australia's documentary heritage including books, serials, maps, newspapers, music and ephemera. Take in an exhibition, join a tour, browse the bookshop, or enjoy a bite to eat at Bookplate Cafe, taking in the lake-side views. Exhibition galleries are open from 10am to 5pm daily (except Christmas Day and Good Friday). Hours vary for the reading rooms, NLA Bookshop and Bookplate. Please see nla.gov.au/visit-us/opening-hours to plan your visit.
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Parkes Place, Canberra ACT 2600, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The National Library was a great place to study and read. You can find almost anything there. Highly Recommended

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The National Library of Australia is one of the finest buildings and libraries in Australia. The thing that I like about it the most is how peaceful it is to work in. If you do come here, then it might become busier. Please stay in...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Have not visited the National Library for many years and thoroughly enjoyed this visit. The book shop is first rate with a great range of Australian titles and lots of excellent bargains, especially amongst childrens books. The "1968" exhibition to mark the 50 year anniversary...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful cafe area. Great outlook over the lake. Wonderful building with great displays. Free admission but parking is $3 for 4 hours. If you love libraries and books, definitely worth a look.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Canberra's National Library boasts a gallery that hosts blockbuster shows. Worthy of putting on your list to check out another component of the national capital’s creative credentials

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is wonderful once you get past the groups of children and the cafe at the front that has spilt into the foyer. The National Treasures exhibition always has something interesting although it was dispointing the small collection on suffrage had nothing on Vida...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The National Library usually has interesting temporary exhibitions for visitors. The "1968 Changing Times" exhibition was extensive and well attended. People taking a lot of time to look at the objects, which were provoking memories and quite a few conversations. They were even singing along...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been to Canberra many times, but have never been inside the Library, until last weekend. Primarily the visit was to check-out the 1968 Exhibition and to view the architecture. As the Library celebrates 50 years, the Exhibit is a celebration of all things...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was excellent, bringing back many old but not forgotten memories. Like all libraries, is a peaceful place to walk, read and examine. great views of the lake.

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Reviewed July 13, 2018

Not just a place for book worms! Exhibitions, Gift shop and Cafe are all great. The experience I recommend.

Thank Tinky185
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