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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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Eat & drink

Feeling like a bite to eat? Come and enjoy a light snack, delicious lunch or coffee and cake at our cafe, Mr Tulk.

If you've bought food elsewhere, you are welcome to have a picnic on our lawn, which is a popular eating spot for Library users, tourists and city workers.

To protect our collections, we don't allow food or drink inside the Library. See our food and drink policy for more information.

Bottled water is allowed in most sections of the Library, provided it has a secure lid. You'll need to store your water in a locker if you're planning on visiting these areas:

  • Heritage Collections Reading Room
  • Australian Manuscripts
  • Maps Collection
  • Rare Books Collection
  • Children's Literature Collection
  • Pictures Collection
  • Dome, Cowen and Murdoch galleries