National Library of Australia, Canberra

National Library of Australia, Canberra

National Library of Australia, Canberra

One of the buildings we could see from our picnic lunch spot on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin was the National Library of Australia. So far I have not had the chance to visit our nation’s most important library. In another life I was a librarian in schools, so I have a particular interest in libraries. This magnificent building is a prominent feature of this part of the capital city of Australia.

Next time we visit Canberra we must plan to take in some more of the important and historic buildings of the city.

The National Library of Australia is a public research and reference library. It has more than nine million items in its collection, including books, journals, newspapers, maps, music, manuscripts, pictures, oral history, ephemera and electronic resources, including websites. Many of these items are published in Australia or are about Australia, but that is not all.

The Library also has world-class Asian and Pacific collections and many other overseas publications and rare books. The Library aims to meet the information needs of all Australians and people from overseas who are researching Australian subjects.

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