Living library workshop – primary

Primary students follow a learning trail through the Library's inspiring galleries and exhibitions.

Redmond Barry statue and Library portico
120 minutes
Year level
Year: 5–6
$170 per group (up to 25 students)
50 students

This interactive tour takes primary students on a learning trail to uncover the Library's role in the past, today and into the future. Using iPads, students take photos that capture the Library's changing purpose over time.

In a hands-on workshop, students create an ebook using images and words drawn from their tour, learning how to identify and explore ideas from a wide range of sources.

Students also gain an understanding of the Library's role as one of Victoria's leading cultural institutions, and experience first-hand our heritage building's unique architecture and legacy.

Student experience

Students will:

  • take a comprehensive, interactive tour of the Library, visiting the Cowen Gallery, Redmond Barry Reading Room and La Trobe Reading Room
  • view significant artefacts, documents and artworks by visiting one of the Library’s exhibition spaces
  • use an iPad to create an ebook based on their tour of the Library and its buildings

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:

  • explain the significance of an event or person that influenced change in Australia
  • identify patterns of continuity and change
  • examine how different kinds of questions can be used to identify and clarify information, ideas and possibilities
  • sequence events and developments within a chronological framework
  • locate and select historical sources and identify their origin, content features and purpose
  • explain the historical context of sources
  • explain the context for people's actions 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.