Disability access

The Library provides facilities and services for people with a temporary or permanent disability.


There are three two-hour disability-permit parking spaces in La Trobe Street, outside Mr Tulk.

Wheelchair access

Wheelchair ramp access is available at our main Swanston Street entrance, with access from La Trobe Street, and our La Trobe Street (Mr Tulk) entrance. The Conference Centre and Village Roadshow Theatrette are accessible to wheelchair users from Entry 3 on La Trobe Street.

Courtesy wheelchair

A courtesy wheelchair is available for visitors attending State Library events and exhibitions. Please note that we are unable to provide staff to push wheelchairs. To book or make further enquiries, contact the Disabilities Liaison Librarian on 8664 7005 or email rmarks@slv.vic.gov.au.

Moving within the Library

Lifts provide access to the Cowen Gallery, Dome Galleries, and Redmond Barry, La Trobe and Heritage Collections reading rooms.

Accessible toilets

There are four sets of accessible toilets in the Library:

  • Keith Murdoch Gallery – at the end of the main gallery
  • Palmer Hall – just near the entrance to Mr Tulk
  • Information Centre – either side of the lifts at the far (east) end of the ground floor

Assistive Technology Room

The Library has a dedicated Assistive Technology Room for those with disabilities, located in the Information Centre to the left of the main entry, next to The Courtyard. 

It is equipped with tracking balls, a Merlin magnifier, a ScannaR, magnifiers, keyboard stands, alternate keyboards and computer software including Jaws for Windows, ZoomText, Kurzweil 1000 and UReader.

Please note that we require some advance notice to optimise the room for your use. Call 03 8664 7005 prior to your visit or speak to one of the librarians in the Information Centre when you arrive.

Accessing our collections

All collections staff can help users with special needs. Book rests, magnifying sheets, illuminated magnifiers and magnifying glasses for readers with low vision are available in all the reading rooms. A Smartview black-and-white magnifier is located in the Redmond Barry Reading Room, and the Genealogy Centre has a Clearview colour magnifier. Please ask staff in the area for assistance.  

Library events

If you require an Auslan or Relay interpreter, please let us know when you book. Our Village Roadshow Theatrette has a permanent audio induction loop, and we can provide temporary audio loops for our other event venues.

Companion card

If you have a disability and require support from a companion to attend a paid Library event, your companion will receive free entry on presentation of a Companion card. If you book a ticket over the phone, please let us know that you require a Companion ticket.

More information

If you need further assistance or information, please call our Disabilities Liaison Librarian on 03 8664 7005.

National Relay Service

Contact us through the National Relay Service:

  • for accessibility enquiries, ask for 8664 7005 to speak to the Disabilities Liaison Librarian
  • for all other enquiries, ask for 8664 7002

For more information, visit the National Relay Service website.