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 State Library of Victoria

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A Melbourne landmark and cultural icon, the State Library is a magnificent 19th-century building with some of the city’s most beautiful heritage interiors.

With its majestic domed ceiling, the La Trobe Reading Room is a library highlight. Don’t miss the two free permanent exhibitions: Ned Kelly’s armour in the changing face of Victoria, and trace the history of books in Mirror of the World. Free guided tours are also available.

The State Library's collections include over two million books, hundreds of thousands of pictures, newspapers, maps and manuscripts, and masses of audio, video and digital material – all reflecting the culture of Victoria over the past 150 years.

You can also enjoy fabulous artworks and exhibitions by visiting one of the free galleries: the Keith Murdoch Gallery, Cowen Gallery and Dome Galleries. You can also see what's showing on the media wall in Experimedia.


328 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Contact details

Phone: 8664 7000

Opening hours

Mon: 10am – 9pm
Tue: 10am – 9pm
Wed: 10am – 9pm
Thu: 10am – 9pm
Fri: 10am – 6pm
Sat: 10am – 6pm
Sun: 10am – 6pm

* Exhibition galleries open 10am to 5pm daily
Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day


Wheelchair accessible
Alternative access
Accessible toilet

Payment method accepted

All payment types

How to get there

Public Transport Victoria


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