Government announces redevelopment of State Library Victoria

On 29 April 2015 the Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley, announced that the Victorian Government will contribute $55.4 million to State Library Victoria’s $83.1 million Vision 2020 redevelopment project. The additional $28 million will be raised through philanthropic donations.

The Ian Potter Foundation donates $10 million to restore Queen’s Hall

The 156-year-old Hall will be renamed in honour of Sir Ian Potter as 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. Read more.


Design team appointed

A consortium of internationally celebrated architects has been selected to design the State Library Victoria Vision 2020 redevelopment. Multi-award winning Australasian design firm Architectus will join forces with Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, one of Scandinavia’s most recognised architectural practices, to transform the iconic building.

Co-design process commences for children and young adult spaces

Working with the Australian and Danish architects, the Library commenced a series of public co-design workshops for the new children and youth spaces. These sessions included activities in the Library for families with babies and pre-school aged children, workshops at primary and secondary schools, and evening sessions with older teens.

$13 million boost to Vision 2020

A partnership between the Victorian State Government and the John and Myriam Wylie Foundation delivers a funding boost of $13 million for Vision 2020 to reinvigorate an historic Melbourne precinct.

The John and Myriam Wylie Foundation donates $8 million to reopen the Russell Street entrance and to thoroughly transform the eastern end of the Library. The Victorian Government commits an additional $5 million to enhance and activate all entrances to the Library and the surrounding streetscape, which covers the entire city block. Read more.


Vision 2020 designs revealed

State Library Victoria reveals the new designs for its $88.1 million redevelopment, Vision 2020.

The designs, created by internationally acclaimed firms Architectus and Denmark’s Schmidt Hammer Lassen, will transform the iconic Melbourne institution and open up 40% more space to the public. See the designs.

$2 million donation to establish Start Space

Leading Australian businesswoman Christine Christian donates $2 million to establish Start Space – a new centre to support early-stage entrepreneurs, the first of its kind in Victoria.

Part of Vision 2020, Start Space will provide emerging entrepreneurs with free access to resources, services, programs and mentors to transform business ideas from concept to reality. Read more.

Built construction group appointed as head contractor

Built construction group was selected from a shortlist of four companies and has a strong history of delivering projects in constrained central business district locations, having previously worked on projects such as Canberra’s Australian War Memorial, Sydney’s State Theatre and the Melbourne GPO Building.

Building works commenced


Phase one of Vision 2020 construction completed

The project has reached the halfway mark with the new Russell and La Trobe Street entrances, Russell Street Welcome Zone, Isabella Fraser Room, Arts Reading Room, The Herald and Weekly Times Newspapers Reading Room and Helen Macpherson Smith Trust Family History Reading Room opened. Swanston Street entrance and ground floor temporarily closed for phase two of construction.


$2 million donation to create the Pauline Gandel Children’s Quarter

Gandel Philanthropy donated $2 million to State Library Victoria to support the development of the Pauline Gandel Children’s Quarter, dedicated programming for children aged 5 to 12 and a new browsing children’s book collection.

The Pauline Gandel Children’s Quarter is due to open in late spring 2019 when the Library’s Vision 2020 redevelopment will be complete.