State Library Victoria



Victoria Gallery, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne

Open hours

Daily, 10am – 6pm

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PH: (03) 8664 7000

State Library Victoria is one of Melbourne’s founding institutions, established 168 years ago in 1854, barely 20 years after the city was settled. It opened as the Melbourne Public Library, and is not only Australia’s oldest public library but also one of the first free public libraries in the world.

The Library was created as ‘the people’s university’ – a place of learning and discovery for all Victorians. It was also given responsibility for preserving Victoria’s heritage by collecting items of historical and cultural significance for future generations.


Wheelchair access

Fully accessible outdoor work


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Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March