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, 144 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 10am–4pm daily; children under 12 years must be accompanied by a parent or carer
- Dome Galleries
- Daily 10am–6pm;
until 9pm on Thursday
- Cowen Gallery, including
Red and Blue Rotundas
- Same as main Library except when closed for functions.
From 5 March, as part of our Vision 2020 redevelopment project, artworks in Cowen Gallery and the Blue Rotunda will be removed and the Red Rotunda will temporarily close.
Refreshed collections will be installed in Cowen Gallery and the Blue Rotunda in spring 2018. Further information about the reopening of the Red Rotunda will be announced at a later date.
- Mr Tulk cafe
- Monday to Thursday 7am–5pm, Friday 7am–8pm
Saturday and Sunday 9am–4pm
- Readings State Library
- Daily 10am–6pm
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.
We're located at 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, on the corner of La Trobe Street.
- 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.