State Library Victoria Tours

Cultural and Theme Tours

Welcome to State Library Victoria, the oldest public library in Australia, and one of the first free public libraries in the world. With almost 170 years of history, the Library has become a must-do destination for visitors to Melbourne with a passion for books, history and beautiful spaces.

Located in the heart of the city opposite Melbourne Central, the Library is a vibrant hub of activity within Melbourne’s knowledge and arts precinct, with a packed program of free exhibitions, events, and activities all year round.

With free Wi-Fi and storage lockers, food and beverage options, books and magazines to read, a beautiful forecourt to take in the sunshine and dedicated quiet zones, the Library is an excellent base for tourists and a home away from home.

Art lovers, history buffs, holidaying families and tranquillity seekers will all find something to love at the Library. Its spectacular spaces, including the iconic domed reading room, house thousands of items reflecting Victoria’s diverse cultural and social history.

Be sure to see Ned Kelly’s armour, pore over rare books, first editions and significant artworks, and join a free tour to learn about the building’s fascinating history. Come and experience the magic of the State Library Victoria – an essential stop on your Melbourne itinerary.

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Discover the fascinating history of State Library Victoria and explore some of the many iconic spaces with a one-hour tour hosted by a friendly and passionate volunteer.

The spaces you’ll visit include: the magnificent heritage reading rooms (La Trobe Reading Room and Redmond Barry Reading Room) where visitors can browse collections of books, magazines and music, renowned galleries and The Ian Potter Queens Hall, the new display of Ned Kelly’s armour, alongside his colourfully worded Jerilderie letter.

Each tour can facilitate 10 people, and bookings are essential.

Disabled Access

Family Friendly Non Smoking Public Toilet

Discover the architectural evolution of Australia’s oldest public library with a captivating, behind-the-scenes tour.

Established in 1854 and spanning an entire city block, State Library Victoria houses many secret spaces.

In this tour, you’ll make your way from the highest point of the iconic Dome in the La Trobe Reading Room to the hidden areas below the Library, known as ‘the catacombs’. Explore Library spaces usually closed to the public, including the Pendulum Staircase, Card Catalogue room and the Elephant Lift, which was used to transport stuffed elephants when the building was home to Melbourne Museum.

Disabled Access

Family Friendly Non Smoking Public Toilet

Rates

Free Entry

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