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Catalogue service interruption: Due to an upgrade, the catalogue will be unavailable from 9pm AEST on Wednesday, 3 September until 10am AEST Thursday, 4 September. We apologise for any inconvenience.

La Trobe Reading Room event: A traditional Chinese drum performance will be held in the La Trobe Reading Room on Thursday 4 September, from 6pm until 6.10pm. More information

Catalogue service interruption & La Trobe Reading Room event
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Things to see & do

The Library has a lot more going on than shelves of books. You can play chess, use game consoles, workshop projects with your friends, check out what's hanging in our galleries, watch films, listen to music, and browse newspapers and magazines. Check What's on for listings of our events and exhibitions.

The building itself – an icon of heritage architecture – is worth a thorough investigation. The history of the Library is evident in almost every room – there are Victorian quirks and curlicues, grand marble staircases, panes of stained glass, and hand-hewn bluestone walls.