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. See what's showing on the media wall in Experimedia.
As part of the Library’s Vision 2020 redevelopment, the Swanston Street entrance and foyer, Information Centre, courtyards and Palmer Hall will close for construction. The Swanston Street entrance and ground floor spaces will reopen in Spring 2019.
The entrance to the Library is now through the new Russell Street and La Trobe Street entrances.
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
Payment method accepted
All payment types
How to get there
Public Transport Victoria