Lukes has proudly established strong ties to the community since 1951, the connection to the community will continue to be a value at the forefront of our cafes in the library. Developing and building relationships between staff, customers, suppliers and local farmers is crucial. Food is one of the simplest ways to bring people together, and providing healthy dishes while sourcing locally and sustainably produced ingredients is integral to the cafe and our catering.

To help establish the NCL cafĂ© as a destination both within the library and beyond, local architectural firm FRANK Architecture and Interiors designed the 46-seat restaurant to complement the main building with its clean lines and a minimalist mix of wood and concrete along with a living ivy wall.


the interior coffee counter follows the minimalist motif of the restaurant & features a soft serve ice cream machine.