National Library of Australia

Home to some fascinating and surprising exhibits

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on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, the National Library of Australia
contains almost everything ever written or published in Australia, including
books, newspapers, magazines, music and digital media. No matter what time of
year you visit there is always a showcase exhibition. There is also a permanent
exhibition in the Treasures Gallery with some important and surprising exhibits
such as Cook’s Endeavour Journal, Australia’s first pound note and Dorothea
Mackellar’s bookcase.

NLA has an intriguing program of films and talks and you can take a library
tour to discover some fascinating stories and facts. Canberra people love
talks. All the major public institutions hold them, but to give you an idea,
the National Library recently held a talk titled Sex and Murder in Small
 Say no more, a real stinging tale. For Australian culture and history
and particularly family history, the NLA is Mecca. There is a great café with an
outdoor area overlooking the lake and a bookshop with an enticing array of
Australian literature and gifts.  

At A Glance

Parkes Place, Parkes
Canberra ACT 2600
02 6262 1111

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