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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 (pdf, 4 MB).

Library opening hours

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

Main public areas
Daily 10am to 6pm
Heritage Collections Reading Room
Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm;
Saturday & Sunday 10am to 6pm
The Ian Potter Queen's Hall
Daily 10am to 5pm
Victoria Gallery
Daily 10am to 6pm
Dome Galleries
Daily 10am to 5pm;
Dome Gallery 4 is temporarily closed, to reopen 27 January 2022
Cowen Gallery, including
North and South Rotundas
Same as main public areas except when closed for functions.
Mr Tulk cafe
Daily 8am to 5pm
Russell Street Welcome Zone
Daily 10am to 6pm

Public holidays 2022

The Library is closed on these public holidays:

  • New Years  – Sunday 1 January 2022
  • Good Friday – Friday 15 April
  • Christmas Day – Sunday 25 December
  • Boxing Day – Monday 26 December.

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

  • Australia Day – Wednesday 26 January
  • Labour Day – Monday 14 March
  • Easter Saturday 16 April to Easter Monday 18 April, inclusive
  • Anzac Day – Monday 25 April
  • Queen's Birthday – Monday 13 June
  • AFL Grand Final day – to be confirmed when the AFL schedule is released, but usually the last Friday of September
  • Melbourne Cup Day – Tuesday 1 November.