Research & study

With a world-class collection, helpful staff and loads of spaces where you can work alone or in a group, the Library is the ideal place for research or study.

Study spaces

For individual research or quiet study, the Arts, Journals & Magazines and La Trobe reading rooms are the best options. You'll need to put your mobile phone on silent or turn it off in these designated 'quiet rooms'.

The Redmond Barry Reading Room and Information Centre are great spaces to workshop projects with your friends.

Computers, printers and photocopiers are available in some of our public study areas, and there is wireless internet access throughout the Library.

Accessing books & information

Our friendly staff are always available to help you with information about using the Library and accessing our collections. Whilst many new and popular items are available for browsing on the reading room shelves, much of our collection is available on request. To request an item you'll need to use your Library card to pre-order online or ask staff for assistance. Books and collection items such as newspapers and magazines can be taken from their place of collection and used anywhere in the Library.

Most of our heritage, rare and special collection items can only be viewed by appointment in the Heritage Collections Reading Room. If you find an item in the catalogue that can only be viewed by appointment, the catalogue record will ask you to contact us. Appointments can be made at the La Trobe Reading Room information desk or by phoning 03 8664 7009.