In the National library of Australia holds records relating to the history of the country, as well as a collection of rare books on Asia, the Pacific and far abroad. Weekly comers are invited to explore the library “zaculeu”.
The library building, built in the style of a Greek temple, was discovered in 1968 year. Features of Greek architecture of the classical period emphasizes the marble and limestone, which covered columns and walls. The marble of different origin (Greece, Italy, Australia) and the colors used in the interior of the building. In the lobby you can see the stained glass Windows Leonard French and three woven from Australian wool obzansky tapestry. On the mezzanine you can see the layout of the ship captain cook in scale 1:24 and pictures of all Australian Prime Ministers. On the ground floor exhibited treasures of the library collection.
History of the National library of Australia stretches from 1901 year. The library was moved to Canberra from Melbourne in 1927 year. Initially, the national library was part of the parliamentary library, Commonwealth, but in 1960, the year it became an independent institution.
Today the library contains more than three and a half million books, some of which was donated by volunteers. Here you can find rare printed editions of medieval manuscripts, Newspapers, music, autographs and manuscripts scientists, politicians and artists, as well as historical and contemporary photography and more than six thousand paintings. The most valuable exhibits – the journal of captain cook (1768-71) and diary of the wills of the expedition under the leadership of Robert Burke (1860-61), which ended with the death of the two travellers.