National Library of Australia, Canberra

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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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  • I processed my membership online from my home in Sydney. Browsed the online catalogue and booked several (relatively rare) texts for collection before I travelled. Books were ready for review on arriv...  more »
  • I have the great good fortune of living in Canberra and can access the National Library easily. I have requested many items for review and have saved a ton of money following my private research inter...  more »
  • For a national library you would think there would be more books? There’s a gallery with pictures of lots of white people which is vaguely interesting but no pictures of the true first Australians whi...  more »
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  • We visited the library during Easter holidays and were extremely impressed by the then current exhibition The Sell. It was a walk down memory line remembering the progression of advertising during our lifetime. Recently I have discovered the library has an online bookstore. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Books were delivered within two days of purchase, questions and personal attention of the staff is exceptional, and prices and choice of topics was well above average.
  • Great place to study. Large comfortable reading rooms, modern computers and fast free internet. I can comfortably spend all day here.
  • Beautiful building and helpful friendly staff. An amazing space for reading and escaping from the world for a few hours or for the whole day.
  • It is one of greatest libraries I ever seen. I was lucky and had an chance to see how the book catalogues bing registered and stored
  • Coffee is amazing BUT there's something fundamentally wrong with this place. Nice... NICE LIBRARIANS & STAFF! I never thought such a phenomenon could occur after traversing the educational system drifting from library to library and being told off by the gatekeepers of the sacred Where's Wally books to stop breathing. But seriously, I absolutely love this place and I hope it never changes.

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