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Plan a school visit

Planning to bring a school group for a visit to the Library?

All schools visiting the Library must book a facilitated program or self-guided session. Discover our school programs.

Preparing for your visit

We ask all visitors to help maintain a COVID-safe environment. 

COVID-Safe Information for Schools

Here are some of the measures we have in place to ensure you and your students have a fun and safe experience when visiting the Library:

  • Visitors to the Library over 18 years of age must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will be required to provide proof of vaccination 
  • Masks are mandatory for all visitors aged eight years and over. Teachers are responsible for retaining a record of all participants attending the Library for contact tracing purposes 
  • All visitors must adhere to the Library's Conditions of Entry.
  • Please refer to our COVID-safe Library and FAQ’s for more information to help plan your visit.

Bus parking

The Library's entrance is the Swanston Street Welcome Zone, on Swanston Street. Free, temporary bus parking is available in the 30-minute bus parking bay adjacent to Door 3, outside the Library’s conference centre and theatrette, on La Trobe Street.

Note: please warn students to be alert when stepping off the bus, as they will need to cross a bike lane to reach the footpath.

Day parking for buses is available on Russell Street, either just north of La Trobe Street or just north of Bourke Street. Additional parking is available on Mackenzie Street, near the corner of Russell and La Trobe streets.

Food & baggage

Food and drink are not allowed inside the Library; see our food and drink policy for more information. If the weather is fine, the Library's front lawn and forecourt is recommended for recess and lunch breaks.

We recommend that on the day of your excursion, students do not bring large school bags if possible – please see our baggage policy for more information.

Cameras are permitted provided a flash isn't used.

State Library Victoria is a Child Safe Organisation. Learn more about how we are working to ensure the wellbeing of children visiting the Library.