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Primary students

Our curriculum-based programs allow students to engage with the Library's collections through exhibitions, tours and workshops.

All programs are run by the education team and held at the Library. Programs complement AusVELS and the Australian curriculum and many are supported by teaching resources.

The Centre for Youth Literature runs additional programs throughout the year.

Teachers can take school groups on self-guided visits to the Library, but bookings still need to be made.


Programs are held at the Library and are available from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

All programs must be pre-booked.

Victor Hugo – page to stage workshop

This Victor Hugo - page to stage workshop allows students to get hands-on in a set design workshop, bringing to life their favourite scene from the exhibition.

The living Library

The living Library is an interactive, multimodal and engaging trail around the Library, led by an education officer. Discover the purpose of the Library and its cultural value to Victoria – past, present and future.

My Library adventure

My Library adventure gives students a positive introduction to the Library, supports literacy development and lays the groundwork for library skills.

Library orientation tour

The Library orientation tour is an ideal way for students to engage with the impressive spaces, collections, services and history of the Library.

'The changing face of Victoria' exhibition tour

During 'The changing face of Victoria' exhibition tour students will develop an understanding of the arrival of European settlers in Victoria and the Aboriginal people who preceded them.

'Mirror of the world' exhibition tour

The 'Mirror of the world' exhibition tour gives students the opportunity to view historical examples of writing such as a cuneiform tablet and early printed works.

Make your own book workshop

In the Make your own book workshop students will visit the Mirror of the world exhibition before making their own book that they can take back to school with them.

Burke & Wills workshop

The hands-on Burke & Wills workshop helps students understand the Victorian Exploring Expedition of 1860 and develop an understanding of outback survival skills.

Making the Ned Kelly armour workshop

Students will make a replica of Ned Kelly's armour as part of the Making the Ned Kelly armour workshop after viewing The changing face of Victoria exhibition.

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