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National Library of Australia

National Library of Australia

Get ready to be amazed!

At the National Library of Australia we offer fun presentations, hands-on workshops and fascinating tours that explore history, information and visual literacy, writing and culture.


Program Information
Our school programmes link to Australian Curriculum content and capabilities and cater for diverse audiences. Key themes in our programmes include learning through exhibitions and collections, developing state of the art research skills and seeing the Library’s operations from behind the scenes.

Stacks of Stories: library orientation tour
Years 5–7
Students explore areas normally out of bounds to the public, and learn about the Library’s important national role in collecting, preserving and sharing Australia’s history and memories.

Online and Underground
Years 8–12
Our educators show students how to become savvy researchers using the Library’s unsurpassed online resources. Discover the priceless storehouse, Trove, which offers searchable access to over 435,711,174 Australian and online resources including books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more.

Digital Classroom
Either before or after your visit, why not check out the National Library Digital Classroom? Aligned to the Australian Curriculum, the website offers lesson outlines, videos and activities that engage students, encouraging them to analyse sources, develop the skills to be history detectives and draw their own conclusions about Australia’s story. nla.gov.au/digital-classroom

Looking for even more new classroom ideas? Use the Library’s free discovery service Trove to find historical images, music and texts, and confidently access local and global electronic resources. Students can improve the searchability of Trove by correcting newspaper and magazine text, and tagging or commenting on favourite items. Teachers can also create lists of curriculum resources for the classroom. Learn more at trove.nla.gov.au.

Discover the Library's Galleries

Celestial Empire: Life in China 1644-1911
During terms 1 and 2 in 2016, the National Library of Australia, in partnership with the National Library of China, presents an exhibition revealing the life, culture and tradition of the last imperial dynasty that formed the foundations of modern China. Celestial Empire provides a window into nearly 300 years of life at court, in the fields, on the mountains of the interior and in the cities of Beijing and Shanghai. January–May 2016 

Treasures Gallery
Students and teachers can also discover treasures from the Library’s vast collections in the Treasures Gallery and come face to face with many of Australia’s most important artefacts and amazing stories.

Groups can combine a Stacks of Stories or Online and Underground experience with discussion of historical items on display in the exhibition galleries.
Visits to temporary exhibitions may be subject to availability and bookings are required)

Big experience, tiny fee
From just $3 per student, we offer one of the best value educational experiences in Canberra. Onsite programmes are popular, so bookings are essential. For more specific information go to nla.gov.au/learningand check out ‘school programmes’ and ‘planning your visit’.