Situated in the heart of Melbourne since 1856, State Library Victoria is the busiest and oldest public Library in Australia, attracting visitors from around the world.
Having undergone an extensive renovation in 2019, the Library has opened a range of brand new spaces and services, including creative technology studios, a heritage hall for events, a hub for early-stage entrepreneurs, child-friendly areas and so much more.
The heritage architecture of the majestic domed La Trobe Reading Room is a library highlight with a viewing platform on Level 6, where visitors can see a picture-perfect backdrop of book-lined balconies beneath the soaring glass ceiling.
Free exhibitions surround the dome, showcasing treasures from the Library’s collection of more than five million items, with free tours running daily. Discover the people, places and events that have shaped Victoria in the Changing Face of Victoria exhibition. Explore the questions that will shape our future. Get up close and peer through the bullet holes in Ned Kelly’s original armour in the newly opened Victoria Gallery.
Explore the stunning World of the Book exhibition that contains hundreds of works showcasing the history of book design, production and illustration, spanning more than 4000 years. Here you’ll discover a dedicated display of some of the world’s rarest books.
Taking up a whole city block, the Library is centrally located and easily accessible on foot or by train or tram. Free entry, lockers and Wi-Fi are available, as are two on-site cafes and a bookshop. The Library presents free programs across the year – from talks and performances to children’s programs and more. Be sure to check the website for details and updates. State Library Victoria is open Monday to Thursday 10am to 9pm, and Friday to Sunday 10am to 6pm.
328 Swanston Street, Melbourne 3000
Tel: +61 3 8664 7000
Images courtesy of State Library Victoria