State Library Victoria

328 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC

Contact

03 8660 4888

State Library Victoria was established in 1854, making it Australia's oldest public library and one of the first free libraries in the world. It is also Australia’s busiest library and, as of 2018, the world's fourth-most-visited library.

As a MIFF 2024 venue, please note that:

  • Main entry is via Swanston St (Entry 1)
  • An accessible entrance is available via Swanston St (Entry 1)

Food and Beverage

Catering and beverage services will be provided for all MIFF functions and events at State Library Victoria.

Accessibility

SLV has six (6) entrances, with three (3) main entrances: the Swanston Street entrance (Entry 1), the La Trobe Street entrance (Entry 5) and the Russell Street entrance (Entry 6). All MIFF events will enter through the Swanston St Entrance (Entry 1), including for step-free and wheelchair-accessible entry.

Swanston St Entrance (Entry 1):

  • Entry is via the large outdoor staircase from Swanston St towards the main entrance doors under the portico.
  • For step-free and wheelchair-accessible entry, use the ramp to the left of the portico.
  • Entry is through the front doors into the Welcome Zone.
  • For Hansen Hall, there is step-free/wheelchair access through the Welcome Zone on the left.
  • For Conversation Quarter, there is step-free/wheelchair access through Hansen Hall.
  • For Ian Potter Queen’s Hall, take the large staircase past the Welcome Zone on either the left or right side to Level 3 and Ian Potter Queen’s Hall is on the right. For step-free/wheelchair access, take the lift on the left of the Welcome Zone to Level 3 directly into Ian Potter Queen’s Hall.
  • For La Trobe Reading Room, take the large staircase past the Welcome Zone on either the left or right side to Level 3 and La Trobe Reading Room is on the left. For step-free/wheelchair access, head towards the Quad past the large internal staircase and follow signs to the lift on the right. Take this lift to Level 3 and La Trobe Reading Room is on the right.
  • For step-free/wheelchair access between Queens Hall and La Trobe Reading Room, take the lift down to the Welcome Zone and head to the secondary internal lift next to the Quad on Level 2 (Ground). Take this lift to Level 3 for the La Trobe Reading Room.

Bathrooms, including accessible bathrooms, are located in close proximity to Hansen Hall and the Ian Potter Queen’s Hall. There are additional bathrooms on Level 1 (Lower Ground), accessible via the large internal staircase only.

Getting Here

Tram

Tram

State Library Victoria is serviced by both Swanston Street and La Trobe Street trams.

Level access tram stops nearby include:

  • Trams 1, 3/3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67 and 72:
    • Stop 8 – Melbourne Central Station / State Library Victoria Swanston Street

For more public transport information, visit ptv.vic.gov.au.

Train

Train

State Library Victoria is located in close vicinity to Melbourne Central Train Station.

For more public transport information, visit ptv.vic.gov.au.

Parking

Parking

Secure Parking is a proud MIFF Partner and is offering all MIFF filmgoers discounted parking at selected car parks. The closest Secure Parking to State Library Victoria is 59 Lonsdale Street. For more information about how to redeem the discount, please visit the Secure Parking website.

Designated on-street Accessible Parking Bays are available at:

  • La Trobe Street, between Swanston and Russell Streets
  • Russell Street, between La Trobe and MacKenzie Streets
  • Little Lonsdale Street, between Swanston and Russell Streets

For drop off and pick-up, we recommend La Trobe Street, across from RMIT (located across from SLV entry 5).

    For more information about accessible parking in the city, please visit Parking for People with Disabilities.

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