A Melbourne landmark and cultural icon, the State Library is a magnificent 19th-century building with beautiful heritage interiors. With its majestic domed ceiling, the La Trobe Reading Room is a library highlight.
Don’t miss Velvet, Iron, Ashes, the inaugural, interactive exhibition in the new Victoria Gallery. It showcases some of Victoria’s greatest stories and the surprising connections between them. Take a selfie with the iconic Ashes urn, arriving as part of this special exhibition on 26 November 2019 until 23 February 2020.
Keep exploring the state’s history at the Changing face of Victoria in Dome Galleries, Level 5. Discover Australia’s largest exhibition dedicated to books, World of the Book, just one level below. Enjoy free guided tours for these exhibitions, or for the Library more broadly.
The State Library's collection includes more than five million items, reflecting the culture of Victoria over the past 150 years. The collection comprises of two million books, journals and magazines, more than a million photographs, hundreds of thousands of newspapers, maps and manuscripts, plus audio, video and digital material.
The Library will be unveiling a range of dynamic new spaces and services following its $88m Vision 2020 redevelopment on 5 December 2019. This will include a new children’s space for learning and playing, a hub for early–stage entrepreneurs, and the reopening of a heritage hall for events.
328 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: 8664 7000
Mon: 10am – 9pm
Tue: 10am – 9pm
Wed: 10am – 9pm
Thu: 10am – 9pm
Fri: 10am – 6pm
Sat: 10am – 6pm
Sun: 10am – 6pm
* Dome galleries open daily 10am to 6pm (Thu to 9pm)
Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day
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How to get there
Public Transport Victoria