Opening hours & getting here

Each year we welcome over a million visitors to our glorious heritage building in Melbourne's CBD. If you're planning a visit, here's when we're open, how to get here and our printable Library map (pdf, 176 KB).

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.

Library opening hours

Main public areas
Monday to Thursday 10am–9pm
Friday to Sunday 10am–6pm
Heritage Reading Room
Daily 10am–6pm;
until 9pm on Wednesday
The Courtyard
Same as main Library except when closed for functions.
Play Pod children's space includes a small selection of books for young readers; children under 12 years must be accompanied by a parent or carer.
Dome Galleries
Daily 10am–6pm;
until 9pm on Thursday
Cowen Gallery, including
North and South Rotundas
Same as main Library except when closed for functions.

As part of our Vision 2020 redevelopment project, the artworks in Cowen Gallery and the South Rotunda (formerly Blue Rotunda) have been removed. A refreshed collection of artworks will be displayed in Cowen Gallery in spring 2018. The North Rotunda (formerly Red Rotunda) has temporarily closed.

Mr Tulk cafe
Monday to Thursday 7am–5pm, Friday 7am–8pm
Saturday and Sunday 9am–4pm
Readings State Library
Daily 10am–6pm. Note: Readings will be closed 17–20 September, and will reopen on 21 September in the new Russell Street Welcome Zone.

Public holidays in 2018

New Year's Day: closed Monday 1 January.

Australia Day: open as usual Friday 26 January. 

Labour Day: open until 6pm, Monday 12 March. 

Easter weekend: closed Good Friday, 30 March. Open as usual Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April. Open until 6pm, Monday 2 April.

Anzac Day: open until 6pm, Wednesday 25 April.

Queen's Birthday: open until 6pm, Monday 11 June.

AFL Grand Final: open as usual Friday 28 September.

Melbourne Cup: open until 6pm, Tuesday 7 November.

Christmas period: closed Tuesday 25 December (Christmas Day) and Wednesday 26 December (Boxing Day). 

From Thursday 27 December to Monday 31 December we are open until 6pm.

New Year's Day: closed Tuesday 1 January 2019.

Standard opening hours resume on Wednesday 2 January 2019.

Please note that our free guided tours of exhibitions and Library spaces do not run on public holidays.

Our location

We're located at 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, on the corner of La Trobe Street. Note: on Friday 21 September, the Swanston Street entrance will close and new entrances on Russell and La Trobe streets will open. The Swanston Street entrance will reopen in spring 2019.

Getting here

Public transport

  • Train – Melbourne Central station is directly opposite the Library's Swanston Street entrance. Country travellers can transfer to metropolitan trains at Southern Cross or North Melbourne stations.
  • Tram – there are tram stops near our entrances on Swanston Street and La Trobe Street
  • Bus – the nearest stops are in Lonsdale, Russell and Exhibition streets

See Public Transport Victoria for more information.


There are separated bike lanes in both directions on Swanston and La Trobe streets. You'll find bike racks on and near the corner of Swanston and La Trobe streets, Swanston and Little Lonsdale streets. See the City of Melbourne website for more information.


The Library doesn't have on-site parking, but there is paid street parking on La Trobe Street and several pay car parks close by, including at Melbourne Central and QV. There are three parking spaces for people with a disability permit in La Trobe Street.