Our Story


Located in the National Library of Australia, BOOKPLATE is a destination cafe in and of itself. Relax in this calming space, in the heart of Canberra while enjoying an exceptional, pared-back menu with your colleagues, friends or loved ones.


Our Mission

Inviting you to gather in the ultimate surroundings, sunlit by stained-glass windows, you’ll experience exceptional food, good company and stories like no other. Choose your potion - sip on endless coffee or wine, and enjoy the sophisticated yet familiar ambiance alongside an approachable, elegant and award-winning menu.


The Space

Coffee and literature have a centuries-old relationship, and this historic space draws on that friendship. Though traditional coffee houses have all but disappeared, BOOKPLATE invites you to reignite all five senses. Browse books steeped in history in the National Library, then visit us at BOOKPLATE in this traditional yet contemporary and warm setting.


The Cuisine

We are revolutionising the way people eat, taking pride in our ability to execute an exquisite yet casual menu of flavour combinations. From the ‘Cafe Whisperer’ Tracy Keeley, comes BOOKPLATE, a new way to relax, dine and meet. With exquisite yet casual all-day cuisine including the healthy sushi bowl, renowned eggs benedict, and clean pumpkin salad, you’ll walk away feeling re-energised for the day ahead.


The Experience

For Founder, Tracy Keeley, the food is only one element in the BOOKPLATE experience. “It’s all about the feeling. I want customers to feel inspired to create, to enjoy colour, texture, movement, sounds and stories. Our team is consistently working hard to create a space that takes dining up a notch.”


Explore exhibitions, or get lost in a good book in the reading rooms before visiting us. Then settle in for the added experience of enjoying a meal at the cafe. Surround yourself in the stunning array of contemporary fresh florals, and discover cosy nooks.


“It’s all about the space - the break you get from your day. We want you to get comfortable - work, eat, drink, meet, connect or simply be.”



From cocktail parties to corporate events, reach out for more information on creating the perfect customised celebration.