Finding your way & things to know

Credit: James Braund © 2014

Finding your way around the Library

The Library takes up a full city block, with our galleries, reading rooms and display spaces located across a number of buildings. To help you get the most out of your visit, we've created a printable Library map (pdf, 141 KB). It provides an easy-to-use floor plan of the main public spaces and facilities that makes it easy to find your way around when you arrive.

When you arrive at the Library you can also ask for directions, become a Library member and make any general inquiries by asking staff for assistance.

Vision 2020 redevelopment

We're currently transforming your Library's spaces and services through our Vision 2020 redevelopment project. The Library will remain open throughout the project, but there will be changes to some spaces as work proceeds. Areas that are temporarily closed are marked on the map. To find out what's happening, visit Vision 2020.

Eating and drinking in the Library

To protect our collection, food isn't allowed inside the Library, with the exception of the Russell Street Welcome Zone. Bottled water is generally allowed in the main public areas, but not in the Heritage Collections Reading Room.

Bringing bags into the Library

It can get quite busy in our public areas, so to protect our collection and make everyone's visit as comfortable as possible, we ask that large or cumbersome items – such as backpacks, suitcases, large handbags and instrument cases – are not brought into the Library. Prams, strollers and bags with items for babies or young children can be brought in.


Self-service lockers can be found in the Russell Street Welcome Zone. Please limit usage to one locker per visitor.


Public toilets can be found:

  • in the Russell Street Welcome Zone
  • on Level 2: take the lift or stairs from the Gateway Zone.

Baby change room

You'll find our baby change room on Level 2: take the lift or stairs from the Gateway Zone.


While we work hard to keep the Library a safe and secure space, we recommend that you don't leave personal items unattended at any time. Mobile phones, laptops, tablets, textbooks, handbags and wallets are especially vulnerable to theft.

To discourage theft (of your property as well as ours), security guards may ask to inspect your bag as you leave – this applies in particular to photography equipment bags.

Child safety

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Please stay with your child at all times.

State Library Victoria is a Child Safe Organisation.

Please speak to staff if you have any questions or concerns about child safety.