State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

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.


The venue is wheelchair accessible. Enter via entry 3 on La Trobe St, next to Mr Tulk Cafe.

There are three parking spaces for drivers with disability parking permits on La Trobe St, outside Mr Tulk Cafe.

Inside the Library, lifts give access to all public spaces above the ground floor.

This venue also has a hearing loop.

For more information, visit slv.vic.gov.au/visit/access-inclusion


Public transport

Train – Melbourne Central station is directly opposite the library’s Swanston Street entrance. Country travellers can transfer to metropolitan trains at Southern Cross or North Melbourne stations.

Tram – Ten tram routes take you directly to our entrances on Swanston Street and La Trobe Street. 

Bus – the nearest stops are on Lonsdale, Russell and Exhibition streets

See Public Transport Victoria for more information.


There are separated bike lanes in both directions on Swanston and La Trobe streets. You’ll find bike racks on and near the corner of Swanston and La Trobe streets, Swanston and Little Lonsdale streets. See the City of Melbourne website for more information.


The library doesn’t have on-site parking, but there is paid street parking on La Trobe Street and several pay car parks close by, including at Melbourne Central and QV. There are three parking spaces for people with a disability permit on La Trobe Street.