Library highlights self-guided tour – secondary


allow 60 minutes
Year level
Year: 7–VCE
50 students (in supervised groups of 12)

Our Library highlights tour is a self-guided journey that will introduce students at all levels to the Library's unique heritage spaces, from exhibitions in the Dome Galleries to aerial views from the top floor of the iconic La Trobe Reading Room. See treasures such as Ned Kelly's Jerilderie letter, 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 Herald and Weekly Times Newspapers and Helen Macpherson Smith Trust Family History Reading Rooms and the Redmond Barry Reading Room
  • view significant artefacts, artworks and other historical materials up close in The changing face of Victoria and World of the book 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)
  • identify and form links and patterns from multiple information sources to generate non-routine ideas and possibilities (VCCCTQ023).

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.

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