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Opening hours

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.

Library opening hours

The Library is open 10 am to 6 pm, seven days a week. Find out more about a COVID-safe Library.

The Ian Potter Queen's Hall is open daily 10 am to 5 pm.

Mr Tulk cafe is open daily 8 am to 5 pm. Hansen Hall is open from 8 am Monday to Friday, and 8:30 am Saturday and Sunday, accessible via Mr Tulk cafe. 

Russell Street Welcome Zone and the Guild Cafe is open daily at 9 am Monday to Friday, and 10 am Saturday and Sunday.

Cowen Gallery, including the North and South Rotundas, have the same opening hours as the main public areas except when closed for functions.

Public holidays 2024

The Library is closed on these public holidays:

  • New Year's Day – Monday 1 January
  • Good Friday – Friday 29 March
  • Christmas Day – Wednesday 25 December
  • Boxing Day – Thursday 26 December

The Library is open 10 am to 6 pm on these public holidays:

  • Australia Day – Friday 26 January (please note Readings State Library will be open from 12 midday to 5 pm)
  • Labour Day – Monday 11 March
  • Easter Saturday to Easter Monday – 30 March to 1 April, inclusive
  • Anzac Day – Thursday 25 April
  • King's Birthday – Monday 10 June
  • AFL Grand Final eve – subject to AFL schedule
  • Melbourne Cup Day – Tuesday 5 November