State Library Victoria

State Library Victoria is one of Melbourne's founding institutions, established 168 years ago in 1854, barely 20 years after the city was settled. It opened as the Melbourne Public Library, and is not only Australia's oldest public library but also one of the first free public libraries in the world.

The Library was created as 'the people's university' – a place of learning and discovery for all Victorians. It was also given responsibility for preserving Victoria's heritage by collecting items of historical and cultural significance for future generations.

Events at State Library Victoria

  • Solace: The Sensory Experience

    Created by  Melinda Hetzel & Co./Steph O'Hara/Pia Johnson

    Genre: Experimental

    Find Solace in this new digital, sensory experience at State Library Victoria.

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    Solace: The Sensory Experience
    Past Event
  • Wheelchair Accessible

    State Library Victoria is wheelchair accessible.

    Wheelchair access:
    Swanston Street Welcome Zone: use the ramp at La Trobe Street, near the corner of Swanston Street.

    Russell Street Welcome Zone: use Entry 5 via La Trobe Street, near the corner of Russell Street.

    Conference Centre and State Library Victoria Theatrette: access via Entry 3 on La Trobe Street.

    Cafes: visit our pop-up cafe via Entry 5, La Trobe Street. Enter Mr Tulk via the ramp at La Trobe Street, Entry 2.

  • Accessible Bathroom

    This venue has toilets which are accessible for wheelchair users.

  • Step-free access

    This venue has no stairs or all stairs can be bypassed via a ramp, lift or elevator.

  • Assistance Dogs allowed

    Assistance dogs are allowed into all parts of this venue.

328 Swanston St

Melbourne VIC 3000

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