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Self-guided visits and trails

1 hour
Free (bookings essential)

Planning to bring your school group to the Library?

Whether it be a city excursion, school camp, research project or exhibition viewing, the Library now offers free timed sessions for self-guided groups to explore the Library at your leisure! 

With a selection of self-guided trails available, there is something for all ages to discover the Library’s magnificent spaces, exhibitions and treasured collections. 

To find out more about visiting the Library, bus parking and COVID-19 guidelines, see Plan a school visit.

Self-guided guidelines: 

  • Students are to break into small groups of up to ten.   
  • Adult supervision is required for years Foundation to Year 7, per small group. 
  • Please be mindful of other visitors, by moving one small group through a space at a time. 
  • Students remain the responsibility of teachers at all times.

Please refer to our COVID-safe Library and FAQ’s for more information to help plan your visit. 

Bookings for self-guided visit

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School trails

When you book, you can choose from the following trails:

Welcome to the Library trail: Foundation-VCE

Explore Australia’s oldest and busiest public library. Students will navigate our vast spaces, and discover how libraries contribute to our community and how State Library Victoria  collects and cares for all our stories. 

Library services and collections trail: Years 7-VCE

Explore Victoria’s oldest and busiest public library. Students will navigate our vast spaces, and find out about our services and how they can use the Library as a hub for research and learning. 

'World of the Book' exhibition trail: Foundation-VCE

Explore the Library’s iconic spaces and the Library's collection of rare and unique works on display in the World of Book Exhibition. Students will discover how books are keepers of ideas, knowledge and stories.

Creative Writing trail: Years 7-VCE

Put pencil to paper on this self-guided Creative Writing trail. Students will explore the Library’s iconic spaces and respond to tailored writing prompts. Students will create short pieces shaped by their Library experience and reflect on what books and stories mean to them.