Library orientation tour – primary

Primary students are taken on a guided journey through Victoria's oldest and biggest library.

Redmond Barry Reading Room from the mezzanine
60 minutes
Year level
Year: 5–6
$130 per group (up to 25 students)
100 students

This guided tour of the State Library shows primary students how the Library is organised and functions, and reveals some of the unique items it collects.

Taking part in a hunt for information throughout the Library, students discover how different sources of information can be found in a variety of places.

Students also learn how the State Library differs from a public library or their own school library, and experience first-hand our heritage building's unique architecture, collection and legacy.

Student experience

Students will:

  • take a guided tour of the Library, visiting the information centre, Newspapers Room, Cowen Gallery, Redmond Barry Reading Room and La Trobe Reading Room
  • visit the Library's historic galleries and impressive spaces
  • view significant artworks collected by the Library

Curriculum information

This program links strongly to the Victorian Curriculum, history and critical & creative thinking capabilities, and is relevant to Years 5–6.

Skills development

This program assists students to:

  • identify and form links from multiple information sources to generate new ideas and possibilities while exploring how the Library works
  • examine how different kinds of questions can be used to identify and clarify information and ideas
  • identify ideas, beliefs and values of people and groups in the past

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.