The State Library will remain open throughout the Vision 2020 redevelopment. However, from time-to-time there may be changes to services, collection access or programs.

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Swanston Street entrance closure

On Friday 21 September, as part of the Library’s Vision 2020 redevelopment, the Swanston Street entrance and foyer, Information Centre, courtyards and Palmer Hall will close for construction. The Swanston Street entrance and ground floor spaces will reopen in Spring 2019.

From 21 September, entrance to the Library will be through our new Russell Street and La Trobe Street entrances.

The new Russell Street Welcome Zone, bigger Readings bookshop and new cafe will also open on this day.

Changes to Information Centre services

From 17 July 2018, as part of our Vision 2020 redevelopment work, all public internet PCs will move from the Information Centre to the Redmond Barry Reading Room. The change machine, card dispenser/reload station and colour photocopier will also be moved to the Redmond Barry Reading Room. See Wifi, internet & printing for more information.

Temporary changes to collection access & services

Temporary changes to collection access & services

From Saturday 21 April to Sunday 20 May, the following services for the ManuscriptsPictures and WG Alma Conjuring (Magic) collections will be unavailable:

  • retrievals and viewing
  • deferred research and copyright enquiries
  • processing and delivery of copy orders.

These temporary changes are due to the relocation of Library staff and collections, in preparation for the construction of new public spaces as part of our Vision 2020 redevelopment project.

Full services for these collections will resume on Monday 21 May 2018.

Changes to Cowen Gallery, Blue Rotunda & Red Rotunda

From 5 March 2018, as part of our Vision 2020 redevelopment project, the artworks currently displayed in Cowen Gallery and the Blue Rotunda will be progressively removed, and the Red Rotunda will temporarily close.

Cowen Gallery

Cowen Gallery will remain open as a thoroughfare, providing access to the Redmond Barry Reading Room, the Information Centre and the La Trobe Reading Room. The refreshed Cowen Gallery exhibition will be installed in spring 2018.

Red Rotunda

The Red Rotunda will be closed to the public from 5 March 2018. Further information about the reopening of the Red Rotunda will be announced at a later date.

Blue Rotunda

The Blue Rotunda will remain open to provide access to the Heritage Collections Reading Room. The refreshed Blue Rotunda exhibition will be installed in spring 2018.

Redmond Barry Reading Room

There will be ongoing changes to the layout and items in this room over the next year while we prepare for the Russell Street Welcome Zone.

If you require any assistance finding a collection item or service in the Redmond Barry Reading Room, please ask a Library staff member.