Whether this is your first visit to the Library, or the next of many, you can learn more about the Library and our exhibitions by joining one of our free guided tours. Tours are offered daily by our trained Volunteer Guides who have a passion for sharing their knowledge of the Library and its collections.

All tours are free to attend but bookings are essential. Tours depart from the Foyer. Tours are subject to volunteer guide availability. In the event of a cancellation, ticketholders will be advised as soon as possible.

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Discover your National Library 

Daily Tours

Discover the history and collecting activities of the Library and how you can access and use our collections. You will visit the reading rooms and learn about its public artworks. You will see some remarkable items from the Collections that is yours and growing! Our passionate volunteer guides reveal the stories of some of our unique and most-valued treasures.


Daily at 11am 

Tour duration

30 minutes



Book a ticket for the Discover your National Library tour

Group tours by arrangement

Treasures Gallery

Come face to face with remarkable items from the Library's collection that illustrate our great history. Let our volunteer guides give voice to their stories.

Art and Architecture of the Library

There is more to the Library than books! Find out how many different types of marble were used in its construction as you are guided through the public areas. Background stories will reveal amazing facts.

A minimum of two weeks' notice is required for groups of 10 or more people.

To discuss a tour for your community group, email volunteering@nla.gov.au or call 02 6262 1634. 

Our education program takes school bookings.