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State Library of Victoria, Pauline Gandel Children’s Quarter

location marker 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000.

Established in 1854 as the Melbourne Public Library, State Library Victoria is Australia’s oldest public library and one of the first free public libraries in the world. Our founders believed that access to knowledge was critical for the development of a civil and prosperous community, and created the Library as ‘the people’s university’ – a place of learning and discovery for all Victorians. The Library also preserves Victoria’s heritage by collecting items of historical and cultural significance for future generations.


There are three two-hour disability-permit parking spaces on La Trobe Street. There are two two-hour disability-permit parking spaces on Little Lonsdale Street, between Swanston and Russell streets. Wheelchair access is located at the corner of La Trobe Street and Swanston Street via a ramp. The Village Roadshow Theatrette, Create Quarter, Children’s Quarter, and Ideas Quarter are equipped with permanent audio induction loops.


Train – Melbourne Central Station is directly opposite the venue’s main entrance. Tram – there are ten tram routes that stop directly outside the Swanston Street and La Trobe Street entrances. Bus – the nearest stops are on Lonsdale Street, Russell Street and Exhibition Street. Car – there is paid street parking on La Trobe Street and several pay car parks close by, including Melbourne Central and QV.