A Melbourne city landmark and cultural icon, the Library is a magnificent 19th-century building with some of the city’s most beautiful heritage interiors. The La Trobe Reading Room, with its majestic domed ceiling, is a highlight. Don’t miss the two free permanent exhibitions: see Ned Kelly’s armour in the changing face of Victoria, and trace the history of books in Mirror of the World. Free guided tours available.
The Library's collections include over two million books, hundreds of thousands of pictures, newspapers, maps and manuscripts, and masses of audio, video and digital material – all reflecting the culture of Victoria over the past 150 years.
You can also enjoy fabulous artworks and exhibitions for free in one of our three galleries: the Keith Murdoch Gallery, Cowen Gallery and Dome Galleries. You can also see what's showing on the media wall in Experimedia.