State Library redevelopment project

A new chapter

The State Library has embarked on a five-year redevelopment funded by a $55.4 million budget allocation from the Victorian Government and $28 million in philanthropic contributions. It is scheduled for completion by 2020.

This significant redevelopment project will transform the Library so we can better meet the current and future needs of the community. The focus will be on optimising sections of the building to open up an additional 1000m2 of space for public use, as well as developing programs and facilities that provide vital and improved economic, cultural and education opportunities for all Victorians.

Key outcomes

  • Restoring historic Queen’s Hall as a public reading room.
  • Reopening the Russell Street entrance alongside a new major exhibition space, as well as cafe, retail and visitor services.
  • Establishing an innovation hub that incorporates a centre for entrepreneurship to support Victorian enterprises, and a centre for digital media with e-Town Hall facilities to provide access to the latest communication technologies and connect with regional centres and public libraries across the state.
  • Creating new dedicated spaces for children and young learners to support families in fostering early literacy and a love of reading.
  • Reconfiguring the dome annulus galleries into open-access collection areas with more study spaces and a VIP lounge.
  • Refurbishing the theatre and conference facilities to meet industry standards.
  • Relocating staff office areas to open up more public space.