24th - 26th August 2018
Power, Politics, Passion

National Library of Australia

Address: Parkes Pl W, Canberra ACT 2600

The National Library of Australia supports learning, creative and intellectual endeavour and the vitality of Australian culture and heritage through its collection and preservations of nationally-significant documentary materials, along with significant non-Australian library materials. It has a strong national focus and cooperates with others who share its goals, including through collaborative arrangements with other libraries and information providers.


From the north: Head south on Commonwealth Avenue and take the King Edward Terrace exit towards Tourist Drive 7/Parliamentary Zone. Keep right at the fork to continue towards King Edward Terrace/Tourist Drive 7. Turn left onto Parkes Place and turn left to the Library.

From the south: Head east on Adelaide Avenue towards State Circle. Keep left at the fork, merging onto State Circle. Turn left onto Kings Avenue. Take the exit towards King Edwards Terrace/Parkes. At the roundabout, continue straight onto King Edwards Terrace. Turn right onto Parkes Place and turn left to the Library.


There is parking available near the lake which is a short distance from the library. This open air carpark is located further along Parkes Place, please be advised that it is paid parking.

Disabled parking is also available near the front of the library.

Public Transport

ACTION buses has stops along Commonwealth Avenue and King Edward Terrace which is a short walk from the National Library. There are frequent buses on these routes.

Food and Shopping

Open for breakfast and lunch, Bookplate is the library's café and is open Monday to Saturday. Although, if visitor's would rather take away options Paperplate is a better choice, located on the Lower Ground Level.

The National Library's bookshop reflects the diversity of the library's collections, offering a range of different texts and gift options to visitors.

Amenities and Accessibility 

The National Library of Australia is wheelchair accessible; along with disabled parking options there is also a ramp entering the building located on the south side. The lifts within the building have control panels that are at a convenient height for those in wheelchairs.

Wheelchairs are available from the Foyer Information Desk on the Ground Floor and  hearing loops are on offer in the Conference Room and the Ferguson Room.

Wheelchair accessible bathrooms are located on the Ground Floor and the Lower Ground Floor.

For further information on accessibility at the National Library please refer to the official website.


Library Theatre

The Library Theatre is perfect for lectures and talks for a smaller audience. The wooden wave-like ceiling makes for wonderful acoustics and a visually appealing surrounds.

The Library Theatre is accessible off of the Main Foyer.


Ferguson Room

The Ferguson Room is well suited for interactive talks and lectures, it is located on the first floor of the library.


Conference Room

The Conference Room is laid out in a classic classroom format, with rows of chairs facing the speaker at the front of the room.

The Conference Room is located on the fourth floor of the library.





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