National Library of Australia, Canberra

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Government Building · Library
A vast, modern, columned building surrounded by lush parkland, National Library of Australia houses a collection of approximately 6.E75 million items. The library has undergone widespread digitization, and also serves as the most prominent preserver of the nation’s cultural heritage, maintaining a large volume of pictures, photographs, music, and oral history recordings. National Library of Australia also possesses the largest Asian-language collections in the Southern hemisphere. A visit to National Library of Australia represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Canberra sightseeing planning tool to plot your vacation.
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  • There are two exhibitions at the NLA at the moment: Ellis Rowan's Birds of Paradise & Built Australia. Ellis Rowan was one of the best bird & plant painters ever. It was a treat to see so many...  more »
  • LEAVING AUSTERITY BEHIND I should fess up initially. This is my favourite building in all Australia; ahead of the lauded Opera House, Perth’s gorgeous post office, any number of Melbourne’s...  more »
  • Went to see free exhibition (Cook and the Pacific) with the kids, one in a pram. Staff were great, no issues. Will need to go back sans children, so I can have a proper look. Not the first exhibition I have seen there, always well curated and full of interesting items. Great location overlooking the lake, surrounded by public art and part of the parliamentary triangle. Has a cafe, bookshop, paid parking. They have a reading room too.
  • Wonderful place to do some studying or research. Chair looks comfy and the view from the windows is just relaxing. River side walking trail let you relax your brain if you study in the library for extended hours.

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