Library orientation tour – secondary


60 minutes
Year level
Year: 7–VCE
$130 per group (up to 25 students)
50 students. Note: programs do not run on Mondays.

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 Newspapers and Family History Reading Rooms, Arts Reading Room and the Redmond Barry Reading Room
  • discover the Library's services and spaces, and learn how the Library 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).

Excursion funding

Thanks to our generous philanthropic partners, Victorian schools with an Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) ranking of less than 1000 may be eligible to receive funding towards program and transport costs. You can look up your school's score on the My School website.

The Library can offer limited bus funding reimbursements, and program waivers for up to four groups per booked excursion. This offer is available until funding has been exhausted.

If you would like to be considered for excursion funding, please add your details when completing the online booking form.

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.

State Library Victoria is a Child Safe Organisation. Learn more about how we are working to ensure the wellbeing of children visiting the Library.