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State Library Victoria

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

Opened in 1856 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. We strengthen communities and inspire participation with a full calendar of free exhibitions, events, talks, workshops and children’s programming every season.

For more information or assistance with any accessibility-related enquires, please contact our ticketing team at ticketing@mwf.com.au or 03 9094 7871. Or visit State Library Victoria’s website.


There are three two-hour disability-permit parking spaces in La Trobe Street, outside Mr Tulk.

There are two two-hour disability-permit parking spaces in Little Lonsdale Street, between Swanston and Russell streets (outside the Wheeler Centre).

Wheelchair-accessible entrance

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 the SLV pop-up cafe via Entry 5, La Trobe Street. Enter Mr Tulk via the ramp at La Trobe Street, Entry 2.

Courtesy wheelchair

A courtesy wheelchair is available for visitors attending Library events and exhibitions. Please note that we are unable to provide staff to push wheelchairs. To book or make further inquiries, contact ticketing@mwf.com.au.

Moving within the Library

Lifts provide access to the Gateway Zone and Cowen Gallery, The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall, Dome Galleries, Redmond Barry Reading Room (except the mezzanine – please ask staff for assistance), La Trobe Reading Room and Heritage Collections Reading Room.

To see the layout of the Library, download a map in the ‘More to explore’ section at the bottom of this page.

Accessible bathrooms

There are accessible toilets in these Library spaces:

Hansen Hall, just near the entrance to Mr Tulk, in the Swanston Street Welcome Zone on Level 2 (ground floor)

Gateway, Level 2 (ground floor), adjacent to the lifts

Russell Street Welcome Zone, via Entry 5 on La Trobe Street

The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall

The Children’s Quarter, Level 2 (ground floor), has joint facilities for carers and children.

Venues & spaces with permanent audio hearing loops

Village Roadshow Theatrette and Pauline Gandel Children’s Quarter

(Information via State Library Victoria)