Library highlights self-guided tour – primary


La Trobe Reading Room dome
60 minutes
Year level
Year: Foundation–6
50 students (in supervised groups of 12)

Program changes in 2018

In 2018, the Library highlights self-guided tour will be available in terms 1 and 2, with a capacity of 50 students (two groups) at a time. This is due to our exciting Vision 2020 redevelopment project.

This hour-long, self-guided journey introduces students at all levels to the Library's unique heritage spaces, from artworks in the Cowen Gallery to aerial views from the top floor of the iconic La Trobe Reading Room.

See treasures such as Ned Kelly's armour, Batman's deed and the Shakespeare stained-glass window on this self-paced tour.

Student experience

Students will:

  • explore the Library's unique heritage spaces, including the iconic La Trobe Reading Room
  • visit our Newspaper Reading Room, the Redmond Barry Reading Room and view artworks in the Cowen Gallery
  • view significant artefacts, artworks and other historical materials up close in the Changing face of Victoria and World of the book (formerly Mirror of the world) exhibitions
  • learn about the Library’s significant role in documenting the history of Victoria.

Skills development

This program links to the Victorian Curriculum and assists students to:

  • evaluate the historical significance of an event, idea, individual or place (VCHHC128)
  • analyse and corroborate sources and evaluate their accuracy, usefulness and reliability (VCHHC123).

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.