Vision 2020 appeal

Thanks to dedicated Library supporters, we have reached our first fundraising milestone and raised almost $28 million towards our Vision 2020 capital works.

In September 2018 we opened the Russell Street entrance, which has been closed to the public for more than a decade.

We then commenced work on the new world-class Children’s Quarter, and began the detailed heritage refurbishment of the magnificent Ian Potter Queen’s Hall to reopen it as a public reading room once again.

You can find out more about how the Library will be transformed and follow our progress at the dedicated Vision 2020 site.

Fundraising continues to be a priority and your support is vital to grow and conserve our collections, lead the sector in digital library developments, and be a centre for creativity and knowledge. 

We continue to welcome your donations to support our Vision 2020 project.

About Vision 2020

Since opening in 1856, the Library has provided a special place where all Victorians can enjoy access to information, and engage with collections that describe our past and inspire possibilities for our future.

For 160 years we have constantly adapted our services, spaces and technology to meet the changing needs of our community.

Vision 2020 is part of our ongoing evolution.

The donations received through our Vision 2020 appeal will enable us to:

  • create 40% new space for our growing number of visitors
  • foster creativity, play and imagination for children, families and teenagers in the new Children's Quarter
  • breathe new life into Ian Potter Queen's Hall – the Library's original reading room
  • connect with people and libraries in regional and remote areas with live streaming technologies
  • exhibit the best of the Library's collection in a new world-class gallery, and much more.

The generations who went before us believed in the importance of free and equal access to knowledge. They built this Library for us and now it’s our turn to build a Library for the future.