Library early closure: The Library will close at 5pm on Thursday 23 October to prepare for the annual Keith Murdoch Oration. More information

Facade conservation & repair works: Over the next few weeks there will be intermittent noise in the La Trobe Reading Room while work is carried out on the external walls. More information

Library early closure & facade conservation works
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Red Rotunda

The Red Rotunda is an elegant gallery featuring 19th-century portraits of well-known Victorians, including William Buckley and Governor La Trobe. Named for its plush red walls, the Red Rotunda is the perfect backdrop for a memorable cocktail party or glamorous sit-down dinner.

The intimate space is a popular venue for cocktails and dinner parties, wedding ceremonies and receptions, and is perfect for a hen’s high tea event. With splendid timber parquetry floors and high ceilings, it is also a versatile location for meetings, lectures, workshops, launches, social functions or photography shoots.

The Red Rotunda also makes a fantastic venue for post-conference dinners and celebrations.

See our venue hire services page to read more about the services included with the hire of the Red Rotunda, along with our standard range of optional extra services.

Unique event experiences

Give your guests a better understanding of some of the Library's important artworks by arranging a curator's talk for your function.

More information

You can inquire online or contact our venue hire team at or on 03 8664 7291. For inquiries about holding your wedding or hen’s event at the Library, contact our expert wedding coordinators at or on 03 8664 7293.