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Reward your curiosity


Discover a world of benefits and become part of the member community for Australia’s oldest public library.

Free membership is at the heart of our member community and available for all Victorians. Unlock a treasure-trove of knowledge through access to thousands of e-resources and more than five million books, photos, artworks, maps and more within the Library with our free Access membership

If you're looking for extra benefits to support your study, family or cultural interests, enhance your experience with one of our tailored membership options. Choose the membership that best suits how you like to use the Library.

Access membership

Access is at the heart of our membership.

State Library Victoria has always provided free knowledge, and membership is freely available to all Victorians.

Join our free Access membership to unlock the following benefits:

  • thousands of eresources including journals, databases, ebooks, newspapers and music (many of these can be accessed by Victorian residents from home)
  • more than five million books, pictures, maps, photographs, letters, manuscripts, comics, newspapers and more within the Library
  • personalised options when you use our online search catalogue
  • access to meeting rooms and creative technology studios at the Library
  • ability to order digital copies and extracts of Library items, including pictures.

If you were already a Library card holder, you now have Access membership.

Access membership
Reward your curiosity & join now to receive these core benefits:

Free access to thousands of online databases & eresources

Access to meeting rooms & creative technology studios

Personalised options when you use the catalogue

Option to order copies and extracts of collection items

Access to more than five million collection items within the Library.

Tailored memberships for unique experiences

Want more from your Library experience? We’ve got you covered.

Build on your Access membership and enhance your experience with our Cultural, Family or Student memberships.

Each of these memberships includes all the benefits of Access, plus:

  • Discounted Wilson Parking
  • 10 per cent off food and beverage at Mr Tulk cafe
  • 10 per cent off all full-priced books, merchandise, gifts and stationery at Readings State Library
  • Early-bird booking access to select programs
  • Member-only emails with exclusive offers
  • Reciprocal rights at the National Library of Australia and State Library of New South Wales
  • A free subscription to the La Trobe Journal print edition.
Cultural membership
Receive exclusive benefits tailor-made for culture lovers, including:

Entry to our member-only Foundation Lounge, accessed via the iconic Dome

Behind-the-scenes experiences, curator talks and VIP tours

Invitation to an annual exhibition event, with bubbles

Free three-month digital subscription to The Saturday Paper.

Family membership
Designed for curious little minds, with benefits including:

Two complimentary tickets for school holiday programs

Member-only experiences at select family programs & events

Member pricing on kids’ lunch packs at Mr Tulk cafe

Special offers from Library partners.

Student membership
Benefits for big thinkers, including:

Career-building speaker & networking events

Behind-the-scenes experiences, curator talks and VIP tours

Dedicated SWOTVAC student zone

Extended booking access to meeting rooms.

Gift membership

Scratching your head for gift ideas?

Gift your nearest and dearest with a State Library Victoria Family, Cultural or Student membership – your pass to the heart of the action at the Library.

Explore exhibitions, get access to exclusive experiences and be first in line for the Library’s upcoming events.

Gift a membership today

Startspace membership

Got an idea for a new business but unsure where to start? Start at StartSpace.

StartSpace is a startup community for people starting out in their business development journey.

If you have an idea or the very beginnings of a business, StartSpace can help you make it happen.

You'll meet and work alongside a community of people who are at the same stage as you, providing an invaluable opportunity to exchange ideas, build networks and form partnerships.

Startspace membership
Start your business journey with access to StartSpace benefits including:

Ground floor coworking area with desks, wi-fi, whiteboards & workshop space

Room for meetings & client pitches with screen & teleconferencing facilities

StartSpace programming, including training, workshops, mentoring & networking

Up to 68 hours access per week to bring your business idea to life

Every membership supports us to build the state collection and ensure the Victorian community continues to have free access to vital cultural and education resources – today and into the future.

Find out more ways you can support the work we do.

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Contact us

Have questions or feedback about Membership, or need a hand joining up? Contact our friendly staff by sending us your inquiry. You can also email or phone, or talk to us when you visit the Library.

Send us your inquiry
Email [email protected]
Phone 03 8664 7000

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