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Hansen Hall

Hansen Hall, supported by the Hansen Little Foundation, is a large collaborative working space located within the Swanston Street Welcome Zone.

The vibrant new working space provides more opportunities for visitors to create, connect and share ideas over a coffee, with beautiful views onto the Library lawns.

Filled with natural light, the space combines heritage architecture with a contemporary aesthetic, and connects Mr Tulk cafe with the Library's foyer. Hansen Hall is also the Library's main meeting point for tours.

About Hansen Hall

Formerly known as Palmer Hall, the hall opened in December 2019 as part of the Library's Vision 2020 redevelopment project.

The hall first opened in May 1864 as a northern counterpart to the foyer's flanking southern space, now known as the Keith Murdoch Gallery, and was initially used as a sculpture gallery.

Hours

Daily 10am–6pm

Facilities

  • tour meeting point
  • self-service point
  • seating
  • food & drink permitted
  • toilets (shared with Mr Tulk)

Venue hire

Visit our event venues website to find out more about this space, or to inquire about booking it for an event.