Library orientation tour – secondary

Secondary students discover the Library's important role and valuable resources on this informative guided tour.

Redmond Barry Reading Room from the mezzanine
60 minutes
Year level
Year: 7–10
$130 per group (up to 25 students)
100 students

This guided tour of the State Library gives secondary students an overview of how the Library is organised, how it functions and how to use its many valuable resources.

From books to microfilm to paintings hanging in a gallery, students discover how information can be uncovered in a variety of sources.

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
  • locate a source of information and share discoveries
  • visit the Library's historic galleries and impressive spaces
  • view significant artworks and historical artefacts collected by the Library
  • discover the benefits of becoming a Library member
  • independently explore the Library in a short scavenger-hunt task

Curriculum information

This program links strongly to the Victorian Curriculum, critical & creative thinking capabilities, and is relevant to Years 7–10.

Skills development

This program assists students to:

  • identify and form links from multiple information sources to generate new ideas and possibilities of how the Library can be useful to people of all ages

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.