Library highlights self-guided program – secondary

Explore Melbourne's oldest Library on a self-guided tour.

La Trobe Reading Room viewed from a balcony in the dome
60 minutes
Year level
Year: 7–VCE
50 students

In this self-guided program, secondary students explore some of the Library's many highlights, including the domed La Trobe Reading Room, Ned Kelly's Jerilderie letter and an ancient cuneiform tablet.

Student experience

Students will:

  • explore many of the Library’s impressive spaces
  • view artefacts, documents and other historical sources up close
  • begin to appreciate the Library’s value to Victoria

Embark on a journey of discovery at the State Library

Held in the inspiring heritage setting of Australia's oldest public library, our school excursions offer students a uniquely immersive, enriching experience, encouraging return visits and life-long learning. The Library has provided free access to information and education since 1856, and we invite students to become part of history as they tour the breathtaking dome and view our historic collections. All tours and workshops are developed by experienced teachers, aligned to the Victorian Curriculum and facilitated by expert staff.