Friends' visit to State Library Victoria

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 02:00 PM


State Library Victoria
179 La Trobe St
Melbourne, Vic 3000
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Event contact

Margaret Birtley


This event offers a special opportunity to visit some behind-the-scenes areas of State Library Victoria. It's an exclusive opportunity for the HCV Friends, kindly made possible by State Library Victoria, a member of the HCV.

To join the HCV Friends, please sign up here.


Please note that the Swanston Street entrance to the Library will be closed from 21 September onwards, to enable major redevelopments in the building. The Russell Street entrance will open on the same date to allow regular admission to the Library.

Our group will assemble inside Entrance 3 on Latrobe Street (between Russell and Swanston Streets) (see yellow highlighter on the map image, below).

With guidance from the Library's expert staff, we expect to visit the following sections of the Library:

  • Some La Trobe collection areas, including the Riley Political Ephemera Collection and the Theatre Programmes collection
  • The digitising studio
  • The conservation laboratory

We expect to leave the Library at about 3.30 pm on the Russell Street side of the building. In doing so, we will see some of the changes that are taking place as part of the Library's Vision 2020 redevelopment project.

This event is free of charge for HCV Friends, and is organised exclusively for them. Our Friends are warmly invited to book a place in the tour group by clicking the RSVP button at the foot of this page. If you see a "Sold Out" button, you can join the wait-list by sending an email to [email protected]

Following the tour...

All participants are warmly invited to continue the discussion over afternoon tea, at own expense. (We have reserved a table at the Moat in Little Lonsdale Street.)

Entry 3 to State Library Victoria

Please note:

We will be on our feet for most of the tour and may have to climb some stairs, so please wear comfortable shoes.

The itinerary provided here is indicative. There may be some slight changes on the day if circumstances require.


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The History Council of Victoria acknowledges the State Library of Victoria and the Public Record Office Victoria for supply of the archival images that appear on this website.

We acknowledge the National Film and Sound Archive for the right to use of the video footage on the home page, titled "Melbourne: Life in Australia (1966)".

Image credits

  • Italian sailors on ship at Port Melbourne 1938, Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria
  • Chinese procession in Collins near Elizabeth Street 1901, Harvie & Sutcliffe, photographers, State Library of Victoria
  • People’s homes, Aboriginal station Coranderrk 1878, Fred Kruger Photographer, State Library of Victoria
  • Chinese nurses at Children’s Hospital under scholarship 1947, Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria
  • Ladies physical culture class VRI Melbourne c1931, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12903/P0001, 011/02
  • Melbourne Cup, Derby and Oaks Day, Flemington Racecourse 1936, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12903/P0001/4802, 372/30
  • Flinders Street viaduct at foot of Market Street with advertisement for McRobertson’s Chocolate on bridge, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12800/P0003, ADV 1342