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State Library Victoria takes out national events industry award

Media release

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Monday 14 May 2018

State Library Victoria has been named Australia’s best specialty venue by the national peak events industry body.

The Library won the ‘best unique event venue without accommodation’ category at the Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) National Conference in Adelaide on Tuesday 8 May.

The win followed the Library’s success in the same category at the state awards for the last two consecutive years.

State Library Victoria CEO Kate Torney said the national award consolidated the Library’s reputation as a world-class destination for a wide variety of events.

“It’s wonderful to be recognised as one of Australia’s leading venues. Events at the Library will soon be even more spectacular, with stunning new spaces and facilities opening this year and in 2019 as part of our $88.1 million Vision 2020 redevelopment,” Ms Torney said.

“Congratulations to all Library staff members who contributed to this fantastic result, and thank you to Meetings and Events Australia for its support of Australia’s events industry.”

Adding to the Library’s events offer, a new heritage events space The Isabella Fraser Room will open this spring. Named after the Library’s first listed female staff member, it is the Library’s first purpose-built function room and will be supported by a new commercial production kitchen.

The redevelopment will also restore the Library’s first reading room -- The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall -- to its former glory, revealing its heritage architecture and celebrating its 19th-century decorative scheme. It will reopen in spring 2019 as a public reading room by day and special events space by night.

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