This project would not be possible without the generous support of our donors.

The Ian Potter Foundation

The Ian Potter Foundation is the lead philanthropic donor for the refurbishment of the Library’s historic Queen’s Hall through a $10 million donation from the Foundation. The hall will be renamed in honour of Sir Ian Potter as the Ian Potter Queen’s Hall. The donation is the largest grant ever made by the Ian Potter Foundation’s education program and the largest donation ever received by the State Library.

The Ian Potter Foundation is a major Australian philanthropic foundation that supports and promotes excellence and innovation. The Foundation was established in 1964 by Australian financier, businessman and philanthropist, Sir Ian Potter (1902–1994).

The John and Myriam Wylie Foundation

The John and Myriam Wylie Foundation has donated $8 million to reopen the Russell Street entrance and to thoroughly transform the eastern end of the Library with the creation of a new world-class exhibition gallery and state-of-the-art collaborative spaces, along with a vibrant café and retail area on Russell Street.

The new gallery, to be known as The Victoria Gallery, endowed by the John and Myriam Wylie Foundation, will focus on telling the state’s stories by showcasing the best of the Library’s collection along with items from other institutions and private collections.

The John and Myriam Wylie Foundation is committed to supporting cultural and educational projects that create lasting impact for the Victorian community. The Foundation was established in 2011 by investment banker John Wylie and Myriam Boisbouvier-Wylie, Honorary Consul General of France in Victoria.

Maria Myers AC and Allan Myers AC QC

Vision 2020 has been generously supported by philanthropists Maria Myers AC and Allan Myers AC QC. In March 2017, Maria and Allan helped kick-off State Library Victoria’s public fundraising appeal for Vision 2020 with a major gift of $3 million. The Myers chose to support the Vision 2020 redevelopment as they value the Library’s role as an egalitarian public institution. “Anyone can walk in here, not paying anything, and have access to learning,” says Mr Myers.

Christine Christian

Leading Australian businesswoman Christine Christian has donated $2 million to establish Start Space at the Library. This new centre will support early-stage entrepreneurs with free access to resources, services, programs and mentors to transform business ideas from concept to reality. The Christine Christian Entrepreneur-in-Residence will also be established, providing dedicated funding to an individual annually.

Christine Christian is an Australian company director and investor, with more than 30 years’ experience in financial services, private equity, investment, credit risk and digital media. Her career includes senior executive and advisory roles in Australia, China, India and the United States.

The Hansen Little Foundation

Jane Hansen and Paul Little AO, two of Australia’s foremost business leaders and philanthropists, have donated $3.5 million to establish two vibrant new destinations within the State Library for all our visitors to enjoy.

Opening in 2019, Hansen Hall will be a collaborative working space at the Swanston Street end of the Library providing more opportunities for visitors to create, connect and share ideas over a coffee, with beautiful views onto the Library lawns. The Hansen Little Foundation’s donation will also fund the Conversation Quarter. This new public forum will be equipped with the latest two-way broadcast technology to connect the Library with schools, public libraries and homes across the state, and bring the world’s best speakers and experiences to Victoria.

Founded by Jane Hansen and Paul Little AO, the Hansen Little Foundation is a large-scale, active philanthropic undertaking that has the singular objective of leaving a legacy of significant and positive change. The Hansen Little Foundation currently focuses on education, theatre and addiction rehabilitation as a means of improving and enriching the community.

Gandel Philanthropy

Gandel Philanthropy is one of Australia’s largest independent private family philanthropic funds. It has been the vehicle for charitable giving by the extended Gandel family since its formation as the Gandel Charitable Foundation back in 1978.

In January 2019, Gandel Philanthropy donated $2 million to State Library Victoria to support the development of the Pauline Gandel Children’s Quarter and dedicated programming for children aged 5 to 12.