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History of the Library tour

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State Library Victoria

328 Swanston Street

Melbourne, VIC 3000


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Come along and discover the fascinating history of State Library Victoria in our weekly tours.

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Discover the fascinating history of State Library Victoria and explore some of the many iconic spaces with a tour hosted by our friendly and passionate volunteers.

The spaces you’ll visit include:

Our magnificent heritage reading rooms (La Trobe Reading Room and Redmond Barry Reading Room) where visitors can browse collections of books, magazines and music

Our renowned galleries and The Ian Potter Queens Hall

The new display of Ned Kelly’s armour, alongside his colourfully worded Jerilderie letter.

Tours run every Friday and Saturday from 10am and last one hour.

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

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State Library Victoria is Australia’s oldest public library and a beautiful heritage building located in the heart of Melbourne. The Library’s distinctive spaces, from the 19th-century Ian Potter Queen’s Hall, to the contemporary theatrette are host to a diverse range of vibrant programming for all ages. Boasting beautiful surrounds, the Library is a welcoming place to languish on the lawn, play a game of giant chess or take in a pop-up event on the forecourt. Free exhibitions line the balconies of the majestic domed reading room; see Ned Kelly's armour and Jerilderie letter, Burke and Wills relics and a host of other treasures.

Enjoy books, music, newspapers, and free wi-fi and lockers.

Open daily, with a cafe and bookshop onsite. 


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