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The National Library aims to hold copies of everything published either in or about Australia. The library is adding to its collection at the rate of 500 items every day.


Our address

Address:
Parkes Pl W Canberra ACT 2600
Bus 2, 3, 80, 934, 935
Telephone (02) 6262 1111
Website www.nla.gov.au
Admission Free
Open Mon-Thu 9am-9pm Fri-Sat 9am-5pm Sun 1:30pm-5pm

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  • JH, 03 Apr 2018


    The gift shop is amazing!

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  • Tomfoolery, 31 Mar 2017


    It's a lovely building... there's the occasional good exhibition too.

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  • Ehma, 23 Nov 2015


    New locker instructions could be clearer - code locks and unlocks without you having to set one first. So open empty locker, stash you gear, *then* input code to lock and retrieve.

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  • Yul, 12 Sep 2015


    Digital Scanning is free, but you need to have a little bit of credit on your library card.

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  • Yul, 12 Sep 2015


    Request your books online before coming to the library.

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  • Chinchew, 19 Aug 2015


    Fascist management no longer allow laptop bags

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  • Azimuthal, 17 Aug 2015


    The meals are huge at the Book Plate café

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  • Chinchew, 16 Aug 2015


    New procedures mean you have to go through the "Auschwitz" routine. No bags over 30x30x30cm which means no laptop bags.

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  • Chinchew, 04 May 2015


    Times and New York Times copies are a week old! In 2015! Only in Australia.

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  • Chinchew, 04 May 2015


    Upgraded main reading room is fantastic! Newspaper selection is limited- no Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Straits Times, South China Morning Post or Le Monde.

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  • Chinchew, 07 Aug 2014


    Good library. Wifi connection can be poor.

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  • M, 21 Nov 2013


    Helpful staff will assist you with obtaining a library card, requesting books, and learning about Trove (an awesome resource!). The current maps exhibit is super cool, too!

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  • Where's Alice Bliss?, 09 Jan 2012


    The book "Alice Bliss" was here in Book Plates! Read a copy and follow the journeys at www.wheresalicebliss.com

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  • Nat, 13 Nov 2011


    Don't forget like i did that the reading room doesn't open on Sunday till 1.30pm. Thank god for the free wireless and outdoor cafe!

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  • Chiquita, 21 Sep 2011


    The view outside is spectacular on a sunny day. Order coffee and sit outside!

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  • Kathleen, 25 Aug 2011


    Get the iPhone app and request your books from your phone. It tells you when they've arrived in the reading room.

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  • Lexi, 13 Aug 2011


    Beware of birds.

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  • Chris, 28 Jul 2011


    The prices at the café are extortionate.

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  • Kai, 19 Feb 2011


    Register the membership and then find the book you want and click 'get it'. Most books will be available within 45 minutes. However none can be taken away.

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  • Kathleen, 23 Sep 2010


    Go downstairs to level LG1 to find the Paperplate cafe - much cheaper and more casual than Bookplate

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  • Kathleen, 23 Sep 2010


    Free wi-fi!

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  • Lyn, 02 Aug 2010


    Order a latte at The Bookplate, great way to start our #sv2010 Canberra study visit

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  • Portrait, 24 Jan 2010


    Ask for a large coffee at the cafe....

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