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Membership terms and conditions

The terms and conditions (‘terms’) applicable to each type of membership are set out below. In applying for or using a membership, you agree to accept these terms and conditions which includes accepting compliance with:

Please note: Library membership is open to all individuals, however members who live outside Victoria are not able to access the Library's eresources from home. This includes ebooks, enewspapers, ejournals and streaming services.

All memberships


The Library is committed to protecting user privacy. Your personal information is managed in accordance with privacy legislation, including the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) and any other applicable laws.

The personal information you provide will be used for the administration of your membership and fulfilling the benefits of your membership, including sending occasional news updates and special offers. The Library may contact you from time to time to ask about your experiences with the Membership program. We may use de-identified membership data for research and planning to improve the membership program.

For more information, please see our Privacy Statement and Privacy Policy. If you have any questions about privacy, please contact [email protected] or Privacy Officer, State Library Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000.

Comments, reviews & tagging – terms of use

The Library welcomes your comments, reviews and tags to our catalogue.

To comment, review or tag an item in the catalogue, please ensure you are signed in using your Library membership.

To add comments to collection item records, click on the 'Share a comment about this item' link in the 'Other links' section of the full page view. Your comment will be added to the bottom of the 'Details' section within seven business days.

  • Contributions should preferably be in English and must be your own original work.
  • Please consider your privacy if sharing your own personal information. Please do not share other people’s personal information in catalogue contributions without their consent.
  • Children under 13 should have the permission of a parent or guardian to make contributions.

All comments and tags must comply with our Social media and online community guidelines.

All users have an obligation to support appropriate use. Please report any content that does not align with these terms using the feedback form.

Comments, review & tagging – our moderation

Modifying or removing contributions

All comments, reviews and tags will be subject to review by the Library, and may be modified or removed where they do no align with these terms.

Responding to contributions

We may respond to comments and reviews at our discretion. If you have a specific question about any item in our collection, please ask a librarian.

Blocking users

If the Library has a reasonable belief that you have repeatedly and knowingly contravened these terms, we may take a range of actions. This could include deleting all your contributions from our site, and preventing you from submitting further comments, reviews or tags.

Re-use of contributions

Accepting these terms allows the Library to re-use your contributions in publications and on our other websites or partner websites such as the National Library's Trove. This will be done in alignment with our privacy policy, which includes not disclosing your name or any other personal details.

Using eresources from home – conditions of access

Use of eresources must be for private research and study purposes only, and not for business, commercial, professional or work-related purposes.

Use of eresources is governed by licence agreements between the publishers and the Library, and users are required to comply with any directions from the Library about appropriate use of eresources in alignment with these agreements.

Use of eresources is for the registered individual only, and is not transferable to other parties or persons.

In using eresources, users are acknowledging they have read, understood and will comply with any copyright or terms-of-use statements appearing within the eresources and abide by any limitations, such as copying or reproducing material, set out in these statements.

Where no statement restricting copying is evident, users acknowledge by using the resource that they are bound to comply with the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). Please refer to our Intellectual Property Policy for more information, or email [email protected] for assistance.

Where the Library has reasonable grounds to suspect that a user has either breached these terms or infringed the rights of a third party or third-parties, the Library reserves the right to provide information required to address this to affected third parties.

Other conditions of use and service

A membership card may be required for other Library access and services. Please refer to the Library’s entry and service policies for further conditions of use and service.

Termination or suspension

The Library reserves the right to terminate or suspend your membership if it has a reasonable suspicion that you are not complying with these terms, including if you:

  • abuse any privilege afforded to you under the Membership program
  • misuse your membership card or breach the Library’s conditions of entry; or
  • fail to comply with any reasonable request by Library staff.


The Library reserves the right to update or change these terms, or the other conditions embedded within them which are listed at the start of these terms, at any time without prior notice. The Library will make every effort to ensure that members are able to fully utilise their membership. If the Library cannot deliver a membership benefit due to unforeseen events, such as compliance with government public health orders or advice, the Library will make reasonable attempts to provide alternatives. Where members are unable to access membership benefits due to such events, the Library will consider how to fairly and reasonably manage any financial impacts to members.


To the full extent permitted by the law, you release, discharge and indemnify the Library from all claims and any loss, damage or injury whatsoever caused, arising from your attendance on Library premises, except where such a claim arises as a result of a negligent or wilful act or omission by the Library, its agents or representatives. If any of these terms are deemed illegal or unenforceable, the removal of any non-lawful portion will not affect the status of remaining lawful parts.

Tailored memberships

Conditions applicable to all paid memberships

Membership privileges are only available on the presentation of a valid digital or physical membership card.

Membership is non-transferable – only the named person/s listed on your membership card may use it.

Members are responsible for ensuring the details of their membership, including contact details, are correct at all times.

Membership funds are non-refundable. Memberships are valid for one year and must be paid in full at the time of applying for membership.

Memberships not renewed by the due date will be treated as lapsed.

Universal core benefits

All paid Cultural, Student and Family members have access to the following core benefits:

  • Discounted Wilson Parking (view full details)
  • 10% off food and beverages at Mr Tulk cafe
  • 10% discount on full-priced books purchased in person 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 NSW (view full details)
  • A free subscription to the La Trobe Journal print edition.

Student membership

Student membership is available to any individual who identifies as a student, whether participating in formal or informal education. No proof of education is required.

Individuals under 16 years of age applying for membership will need a parent or guardian to countersign their application.

Annual student membership is $78 per year (including GST). This amount is payable in full prior to activation of membership.

Student members only have access to the following benefits in addition to the core benefits:

  • Extended Library access during SWOT vac period. Confirmed dates will be published on the Library website. Bookings are required and capacity limits apply.
  • Extended booking time for meeting rooms – available for an additional one hour per booking. Bookings are required and are subject to availability.
  • Career-building speaker and networking events. Bookings are required and subject to availability.
  • Guided Library 101 induction with Library experts. Bookings are required and subject to availability.

Family membership

Family membership includes up to two adults and the number of children within the family (under the age of 12). Limits apply to some benefits, i.e. tickets, as outlined below. Additional tickets can be purchased at member pricing, subject to availability.

Annual family membership is $96 per year (including GST). This amount payable in full prior to activation of membership.

Family members only have access to the following benefits in addition to the core benefits:

  • Two complimentary tickets per year to school holiday programs, with additional tickets available for purchase at member pricing. Bookings are required and are subject to availability.
  • Discounted kids’ lunch pack at Mr Tulk cafe, subject to availability.
  • Member-only experiences at family programs and events. Bookings are required and are subject to availability.
  • Special offers from Library partners, which may be subject to change.

Cultural membership

Cultural membership is available to any individual.

Individuals under 16 years of age applying for membership will need a parent or guardian to countersign their application.

Annual cultural membership is $119 per year (including GST). This amount is payable in full prior to activation of membership.

Cultural members only have access to the following benefits in addition to the core benefits:

  • Behind-the-scenes experiences, curator talks and VIP tours.
  • Invitation to an annual exhibition event, with bubbles for members over the age of 18. Bookings are required and subject to availability.
  • Priority entry to programs and events, subject to availability.
  • Special offers, experiences and invitations from partners, including three-month digital subscription to The Saturday Paper, all of which may be subject to change.