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Free access to thousands of online databases & eresources

Access to meeting rooms & creative technology studios

Personalised options when you use the catalogue

Option to order copies and extracts of collection items

Access to more than five million collection items within the Library.

Access is at the heart of our membership.

State Library Victoria has always been free, and it continues to be freely available to all Victorians.

Join our free Access membership to unlock a treasure-trove of knowledge through access to thousands of e-resources and more than five million books, photos, artworks, maps and more within the Library.

Plus, enjoy access to our expert librarians who are readily available to help answer your questions and offer research guidance.

Sign up today to become part of the member community at Australia’s oldest and busiest public library.

more membership options

Want more from your Library experience? We’ve got you covered.

Build on your Access membership and enhance your experience with our Cultural, Family, Student or StartSpace memberships.

Each of these memberships includes all the benefits of Access, plus:

  • Discounted Wilson parking
  • 10% off food and beverage at Mr Tulk cafe
  • 10% off full-priced books at Readings State Library
  • Early-bird booking access to select programs
  • Member-only emails with exclusive offers
  • Reciprocal rights at the National Library of Australia and State Library of New South Wales
  • A free subscription to the La Trobe Journal print edition.

Explore State Library Victoria memberships 

Family membership
Designed for curious little minds, with benefits including:

Two complimentary tickets for school holiday programs

Member-only experiences at select family programs & events

Member pricing on kids’ lunch packs at Mr Tulk cafe

Special offers from Library partners.

Student membership
Benefits for big thinkers, including:

Career-building speaker & networking events

Behind-the-scenes experiences, curator talks and VIP tours

Dedicated SWOTVAC student zone

Extended booking access to meeting rooms.

Cultural membership
Receive exclusive benefits tailor-made for culture lovers, including:

Entry to our member-only Foundation Lounge, accessed via the iconic Dome

Behind-the-scenes experiences, curator talks and VIP tours

Invitation to an annual exhibition event, with bubbles

Free three-month digital subscription to The Saturday Paper.

Startspace membership
Start your business journey with access to StartSpace benefits including:

Ground floor coworking area with desks, wi-fi, whiteboards & workshop space

Room for meetings & client pitches with screen & teleconferencing facilities

StartSpace programming, including training, workshops, mentoring & networking

Up to 68 hours access per week to bring your business idea to life

Every membership supports us to build the state collection and ensure the Victorian community continues to have free access to vital cultural and education resources – today and into the future.

Find out more ways you can support the work we do.

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Have questions or feedback about Membership, or need a hand joining up? Contact our friendly staff by sending us your inquiry. You can also email or phone, or talk to us when you visit the Library.

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Phone 03 8664 7000