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Self-guided visits and trails

Duration
1 hour
Year level
F–2
3–4
5–6
7–9
10–VCE
Cost
Free (bookings essential)
Capacity
50

Planning to bring your school group to the Library?

Whether it be a city excursion, school camp, research project or exhibition viewing, the Library now offers free timed sessions for self-guided groups to explore the Library at your leisure! 

Bookings are now open for Term 1, 2022. With a selection of self-guided trails available, there is something for all ages to discover the Library’s magnificent spaces, exhibitions and treasured collections. 

To find out more about visiting the Library, bus parking and COVID-19 guidelines, see Plan a school visit.

Self-guided guidelines: 

  • Students are to break into small groups of up to five.  
  • Adult supervision is required for years Foundation to Year 7, per small group. 
  • Be mindful of other visitors, roving one small group through a space at a time. 
  • In consideration of other school groups, please remain within your allocated session. 
  • Students remain the responsibility of teachers at all times.

Please refer to our COVID-safe Library and FAQ’s for more information to help plan your visit. 

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Please note, when you book, you can choose from the following trails.

Welcome to the Library trail: Foundation-VCE

Explore Australia’s oldest and busiest public library. Students will navigate our vast spaces, and discover how libraries contribute to our community and how State Library Victoria  collects and cares for all our stories. 

Students will:

  • see the Library’s unique heritage spaces, including the iconic La Trobe Reading Room 
  • discover the diverse range of items in the Library's collections, beyond just books 
  • explore how libraries provide diverse communities with equitable access to information. 

Library services and collections trail: Years 7-VCE

Explore Victoria’s oldest and busiest public library. Students will navigate our vast spaces, and find out about our services and how they can use the Library as a hub for research and learning. 

Students will:

  • see the Library’s unique heritage spaces, including the iconic La Trobe Reading Room 
  • find out about the Library’s services, spaces and resources, and how they can use them for academic research and study. 

Colonial Victoria trail: Years 3-6

Through the lens of the Library’s extensive collections and spaces, students will explore the events and impact of European settlement. Students will see primary sources that describe perspectives from the time and challenge their ideas about who tells the story of our past. 

Students will:

  • explore primary sources to better understand early colonial life in Victoria 
  • examine how and why Melbourne has changed over time 
  • explore the impact of European settlement on Indigenous communities 
  • see the Library’s unique heritage spaces, including the iconic La Trobe Reading Room. 

World of the Book exhibition trail: Foundation-VCE

Explore the Library’s iconic spaces and the Library's collection of rare and unique works on display in the World of Book Exhibition. Students will discover how books are keepers of ideas, knowledge and stories.

Students will: 

  • draw inspiration from the Library’s unique heritage spaces, including the World of the Book exhibition 
  • understand and appreciate the artistry and production of books in their many forms

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