What better way to start your day than with a delicious coffee, basking in the glow of the Library’s famous Leonard French stained glass windows.

A view through glass doors into a seated dining area, with bright display of colour from large stained glass windows
Blackboard menu and stained glass window at the Bookplate cafe

Bookplate makes the perfect spot for catching up with friends and family. Indulge in coffee and cake, or take time and enjoy a sumptuous brunch or lunch while taking in some of Canberra's best lake views in Ex Libris on the Library's outdoor terrace.

Opening hours

  • 8.30am-4.00pm Monday to Friday
  • 9.00am-4.00pm Weekends and Public Holidays

Bookplate is open every day of the year, except Christmas Day.

A meal on a plate and a cup of coffee

See Bookplate's website for the current menu.


Bookings are welcome and encouraged. You can reserve your table online.

Reserve a table


02 6262 1531

A meal on a plate and a glass of wine
A meal on a plate and a glass of beer
People enjoying a meal at the Bookplate cafe
A meal on a plate