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Library Tours

Join us for one of our two fabulous tours!

Library Walking Tour

Missed out on the bus tour? Never fear there's another option, show yourself around some of the best libraries in Melbourne on your own self guided Walking Tour. Click here for details or here for a printable itinerary.

Library Tour - proudly sponsored by RAECO

(now sold out)

Date:                                 Friday 19 September 2014

Time:                                Depart 9:00am, Return 5:45pm

Venues:                            Wesley College Library, Caval, Mill Park Library, Williamstown Library, Australian Catholic University Raheen Library, Library at The Dock
Mode of Transport:         Coach
Dress Code:                   Smart casual
​Dress Code:                   Venue tours, morning tea, lunch and afternoon drinks
Cost:                                $50.00 per person

This tour departs and returns to the Pullman Melbourne Albert Park. We will endeavour to return delegates to the Pullman by 5:45pm but please note that this cannot be guaranteed.

Stop 1: Wesley College Library
The Parker Library is the campus' main library named for the late Robert Parker, President of Wesley College from 1960-1975. The nearly 30,000 square foot structure was dedicated in 1970.

Address: 77 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Stop 2: Caval
Established in 1978 as consortium of academic libraries, CAVAL is a member-based not-for-profit company which offers a range of specialised library products and services for the benefit of its members and for academic, public and special libraries in Australia and New Zealand.

CAVAL co-ordinates the academic library CAVAL Reciprocal Borrowing Program, which for 35 years has enabled higher education staff and students a simple and effective means of borrowing from the print collections of all participating libraries. In addition, from its Melbourne base, CAVAL administers the purpose-built CARM (CAVAL Archival and Research Materials) storage facility on behalf of its members, preserving and providing access to over a million research volumes deposited into a shared collection by member libraries for the benefit of future generations of scholars.

Address: 4 Park Drive, Bundoora

Stop 3: Mill Park Library
Mill Park library is visually stunning, and when it opened in 2002 at a cost of $8 million, was the first library in Victoria to be designed on the concept of a hybrid digital/print library. This iconic building on Plenty Road last year launched a pop up Maker Space to provide resources and technologies not readily available to the general public, a space where resources are available for patrons to make things.  The maker space offers new, innovative, state-of-the-art technology for community members to use.

Address: 394 Plenty Road, Mill Park

Stop 4: Williamstown Library
The Williamstown Library opened its doors at 12.00pm, on Thursday, 20th September, 2012.

Williamstown library has a range of impressive features including: Gallery space and community meeting spaces; Quiet study room and a cosy children’s area.; Dedicated Heritage Room, a haven for family and local history researchers; Library lounge and cafe; and Friends of the Libraries book sale room.

Address: 104 Ferguson Street, Williamstown

Stop 5: Australian Catholic University Raheen Library
The refurbishment of the ACU library is a celebration of the love of reading and the central place a love of literature has in our society. It is a creative response to the changing role of the library and addresses the challenges of increasing digitization, collaborative learning and 24/7 functionality.

Woods Bagot has created a “spectrum” of learning spaces across three levels and created a bright, contemporary welcoming space. The design draws on the ultimate symbol of the library – books. The “book concept” has been orchestrated into every aspect of the environment.

The old institutional feel of the library has been swept away and they have created a varied, comfortable, even quirky look and feel throughout. Each level is defined by: the use of color, wall panel features, natural timber highlights and the use of dramatic lighting. Book nooks wrap the books around you and anyone using this space will leave inspired by the power of the written word.

Address: 115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy

Stop 6: Library at The Dock
Opening in May 2014 the Library at The Dock is a next generation community hub empowering people to develop a sense of belonging and to come together to connect, read, learn, create, explore, and participate. The Library at The Dock is a 6 Star Green accredited building, and is a product of a government and private sector tri-partnership between the City of Melbourne, Lend Lease and Places Victoria. It has been designed by Clare Architects and is innovative as it is beautiful, a glass and cross laminated timber construction flanked by the Waterfronts at Docklands on one side and a community square on the other at the junction of Bourke and Collins streets, Melbourne.

This library offers a collection to suit the needs of the local community, workers and visitors to Docklands.  The layout is reader-centred, making it easier to find your next great read. Non-fiction is arranged in browsable book shop style zones, such as, Business and IT, Arts and Culture and Travel.  For music and film buffs, we have selected a tempting range of classic and contemporary material. The children’s library encourages discovery, through books and interactive technology.

In addition to the traditional library collection, there is a recording studio, creative editing suite, maker space and gameplay area as well as community spaces and a performance venue to hold up to 120 people. A gallery and exhibition space celebrates Docklands' rich heritage and will be available for community curated as well as library curated exhibitions.

Address: Harbour Esplanade, Docklands

Walking library tour

Fabulous and Famous Libraries in and around Melbourne CBD. Click here for a printable itinerary for your walking tour.

Melbourne City Library (Melbourne Library Service)

Address: 253 Flinders Lane

One of the busiest public libraries in Australia in the heart of the city.

Open: Monday-Thursday 8:00am-8:00pm, Friday 8:00am-6:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm, Sunday 12:00 noon–5:00pm

The Little Library at Melbourne Central

Address: Level 2, The Corner Melbourne Central Shopping Centre, Swanston Street (opposite the State Library of Victoria)

Melbourne Central is committed to supporting the community around them. The mission of the Little Library concept is to promote literacy and the love of reading by offering a free book exchange. Anyone can come along and swap, share or just take a book to read in Melbourne. People are encouraged to take a book to read and in return it is requested that they leave one in its place.

RACV Club Library

Address: 501 Bourke Street

Club libraries are among the oldest libraries in Melbourne and still offer a fascinating - and unusual - model for library service. Visit the newest Club Library in Australia, the RACV City Club library, as it celebrates is tenth anniversary and shows that a blend of old traditions and new services ensure libraries are as integral to club life as ever before.

Tours available on Monday 15 or Friday 19 September, 10:00am or 2.00pm (wait in the foyer and a staff member will collect you).

Contact: Lisa Sukkel, 03 9944 8180, lisa_sukkel@racv.com.au

Athenaeum Library

Address: 188 Collins Street

Victoria's oldest subscription library.

Open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9.30am–5:00pm, Wednesday 11:00am–8:00pm, Saturday 10:00am–2:00pm

Visit anytime, just let the staff know you are from ALIA National 2014 Conference and they’ll be happy to show you around.

Contact: Tom Coleman, tom@melbourneathenaeum.org.au

State Library of Victoria

Address: 328 Swanston Street

The only place to see Ned Kelly's armour and visit the iconic domed reading room.

Open: Monday - Thursday 10:00am-9:00pm, Friday - Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm.

RMIT University Library

Address: Building 8, Level 5 360 Swanston Street, Melbourne

A global university of technology and design.

Open: Monday–Thursday 8:00am-Midnight, Friday 8:00am-8:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm

Supreme Court Library

Address: 210 William Street

The library today has well over 90,000 volumes, and is one of the largest law collections in the State. Built in the early 1880s as a library for the legal profession, drop in and enjoy the fine architectural detail including the dome with painted glass windows as well as displays celebrating the Court's heritage and the impressive gallery of portraits of Victoria's Chief Justices.

Open: Monday-Thursday 8.30am-6:00pm, Friday 8.30am-5:00pm.

Note: You will need to pass through security, however if they take any implements from you you’ll get them back upon exit.

Contact: Laurie Atkinson, laurie.atkinson@supremecourt.vic.gov.au

Southbank Library @ Boyd

Address: 207 City Rd, Southbank

The Boyd Community Hub opened in July 2012 on the site of the former JH Boyd Girls’ High School which was built in 1884-1885. Beautifully restored this heritage listed building offers a range of services and spaces for the Southbank Community. The hub features the Southbank library, maternal and child health, family services, KereKere café, multi-purpose meeting rooms and artists’ studios.

The first challenge in establishing the library was the relatively small space-250 square metres. Decisions were based on demographic information. The library has a collection of approximately 18,000 items. The major stand out is the radical approach to the Adult non-fiction collection. A unique, subject based system was used, grouping books into intuitive book shop style categories such as Home and Lifestyle, Arts and Culture, Business and IT. These were selected to appeal to Southbank residents and workers.

Open: Monday–Thursday 10:00am-7:00pm, Friday 1:00pm–6:00pm, Saturday 10:00am–4:00pm, Sunday 2:00-4:00pm.

Tram from City: 55 from Flinders/Queensbridge St interesection.

Parliamentary Library 

Spring Street (Top of Bourke Street)

Monday 15 September  and Friday 19 September 2014 only! Take a tour of the building, tours take place at 9.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.45pm from the Vestibule. Bookings are not necessary. 

Note: You will need to pass through security, however if they take any implements from you you’ll get them back upon exit.

Contact: Carolyn Macvean, carolyn.macvean@parliament.vic.gov.au

Easy tram journeys

Library at The Dock (Melbourne Library Service)

Address: 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands

The most modern public library and community centre in the most spectacular setting in Australia.

Open: Monday-Friday 8:00am-7:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm, Sunday 12:00-5:00pm

Tram from city: 48, 11 or 31 from Collins Street

East Melbourne Library (Melbourne Library Service)

Address: 122 George Street

East Melbourne Library is the home of Council's Environmental Resource Collection and runs a range of environmental programs in partnership with City of Melbourne's Sustainability services.

Tram from city: 48 from Collins Street, or 75 from Flinders Street

Melbourne University

Only a short walk from Melbourne's city centre, the University of Melbourne welcomes visitors and invites you to explore the unique cultural, architectural and landscape features and facilities. All the facilities are open to the public.

The Baillieu is the largest Library at the heart of our heritage campus. The renovated ground floor area has attracted much interest and the new attractive Noel Shaw Gallery on the first floor is highly regarded. During ALIA it will be showing an exhibition titled: Aftershocks: Experiences of Japan’s Great Earthquake.

Other recent redevelopments of interest include the GiblinEunson Library on Barry Street servicing Business, Economics and Education disciplines. The Brownless Biomedical Library features a bold use of colour and includes the Medical History Museum. Also worth a visit is the Grainger Museum. It features permanent and changing exhibitions that highlight the life, career and social environment of Australia’s famous composer and pianist Percy Grainger.

You can find the library opening hours here.

Tram from city: You can catch any tram in Swanston Street that has 'Melbourne University' on the display.

Contact: Philip Kent, pgkent@unimelb.edu.au

Museum Victoria Library

Address: 11 Nicholson St, Carlton

Get a sneak peek behind the scenes at Melbourne Museum with a tour of Museum Victoria’s main library, which includes our historic rare book collection. For those visiting on Friday 19 or in Melbourne for the weekend, make sure to drop by the Art of Science exhibition, which includes some beautiful treasures from our rare books.

Tours available Monday 15 September at 2:00pm, or Friday 19 Septmeber at 11:00am – space is limited so please email library@museum.vic.gov.au to book a place.

Contact: Hayley Webster, 03 8341 7349

Tram from city: 86, 95 or 96 from Bourke Street

Australian Catholic University - Raheen Library

Address: 115 Victoria Parade

The Raheen Library for Australian Catholic University (ACU) was initiated in response to a dramatic rise in student numbers at the St Patrick’s Melbourne campus. Part of the vision of the project was to create a space that would appeal to students, a library that not only fosters learning but also provides an environment that is inspirational and pleasurable to inhabit.

Open: Monday-Thursday 7.45am-9:00pm, Friday 7.45am-6:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm

Contact: Karen Campbell, 03 9953 3463, Karen.Campbell@acu.edu.au 

Tram from city: 109 or 112 tram from Collins Street

Bus from city: 960 or 968 bus from Lonsdale Street

MCC Library

Address: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Cordner Entrance, Gate 2, Yarra Park, Jolimont

A major national and international repository for information on sport and sports history.

Tours available on Monday 15 September, or Friday 19 Septmeber at 11.30am or 3.30pm. Space is limited, please email library@mcc.org.au to book a place.

Contact: David Studham, 03 9657 8876

Tram from Flinders Street:70 Tram, hop off at stop 7C (opposite Hisense arena) and walk over the bridge to the MCG

Tram from city: Hurstbridge/Epping Line to Jolimont Station