Christmas–New Year hours and services: The Library (including Readings bookshop) will be closed 25 and 26 December 2013 and 1 January 2014. Mr Tulk cafe will be closed Wed 25 December – Sun 5 January inclusive. Learn more about changes to opening hours and deadlines for requesting collection items during this period.
Newspaper resources: Newspaper Reading Room services will operate from the Genealogy Centre 2 November 2013 – 31 January 2014. More information
Watch a 3D virtual reconstruction of the buildings erected for the 1866–67 Melbourne Intercolonial exhibition.
The two main exhibition buildings, the Great Hall and the rotunda, were designed by Reed & Barnes and constructed behind the Melbourne Public Library on the site where the dome is now. The buildings were designed to be temporary and their facades were fairly crude, so everything depended on the effect of their interiors. It was here that Edward La Trobe Bateman’s skills as a designer shone.