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.

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
Mr Tulk cafe
Monday to Thursday 7am–5pm, Friday 7am–8pm
Saturday and Sunday 9am–4pm
Readings State Library
Daily 10am–6pm

Public holidays

We are closed on Monday 25 December (Christmas Day) and Tuesday 26 December (Boxing Day) 2017, as well as on Monday 1 January (New Year's Day) 2018.

We are open as usual on Friday 29 September (AFL Grand Final).

We are open but will close at 6pm on Tuesday 7 November (Melbourne Cup), and from Wednesday 27 to Sunday 31 December.

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

Christmas and New Year hours and services

Our opening hours over the 2017-18 holiday season are as follows:

  • Sunday 24 December: 10am to 6pm
  • Monday 25 December: closed
  • Tuesday 26 December: closed
  • Wednesday 27 to Sunday 31 December: 10am to 6pm
  • Monday 1 January: closed

Find out about changes to the Library's book delivery services over the holiday period.

Regular opening hours resume on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

Our location

We're located at 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, on the corner of La Trobe Street.

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.

Bike

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.

Car

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.