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Russell Street Welcome Zone

The Russell Street Welcome Zone is a vibrant lounge and meeting space for visitors to catch up, collaborate, relax or work. The welcoming, bright and airy space features warm parquet floors, with a mix of cafe seating and communal desks.

Sit and chat over a coffee from our pop-up café, or browse the latest releases in Readings' flagship city store.

The colourful and fun public artwork by Melbourne artist Tai Snaith frames the entrances to the adjacent Redmond Barry Reading Room. Take time out to look into the artwork, which explores the twin themes of collecting and books.

The Russell Street Welcome Zone also leads to the Victoria Gallery and Isabella Fraser Room, both of which can be entered via the accessible entrance on La Trobe Street (please note that the Victoria Gallery is currently closed).

About the Russell Street Welcome Zone

The Russell Street entrance was opened in September 2018 as part of the Library's Vision 2020 redevelopment project.

From 1906 to 1997, the Russell Street entrance led to Baldwin Spencer Hall and the Natural History Museum, which was housed in the Library premises until its relocation to Carlton Gardens.


Daily 10am-6pm


  • volunteer greeters
  • security staff
  • self-service point
  • seating for 57
  • food & drink permitted
  • free lockers
  • toilets
  • accessible entrance on La Trobe Street