Library orientation tour – primary

La Trobe Reading Room
60 minutes
Year level
Year: 5–6
$130 per group (up to 25 students)
100 students

Program changes in 2018

In 2018, the Library orientation tour will run 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.

Bring your students on a journey through Victoria's oldest and busiest public library.

For more than 160 years, State Library Victoria has been a place for ideas, discussion, collaboration and learning. This guided tour demonstrates how the Library operates and reveals some of our unique collection items.

Students will discover how different sources of information can be found in a variety of places, and learn how the State Library differs from public and school libraries.

This tour provides an invaluable opportunity for students to become independent library users, now and in the future.

Student experience

Students will:

  • take a guided tour of the Library's unique heritage spaces, including the iconic La Trobe Reading Room
  • visit our Newspaper Reading Room and the Redmond Barry Reading Room, and view significant artworks in the Cowen Gallery
  • discover the Library's services and spaces, and learn how it operates
  • 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:

  • identify and form links and patterns from multiple information sources to generate non-routine ideas and possibilities (VCCCTQ023)
  • investigate the characteristics of effective questions in different contexts to examine information and test possibilities (VCCCTQ043).

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.