What’s on this summer

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Roman emperors, dance battles, family celebrations and more

Your summer story won’t be complete without a visit to State Library Victoria to soak up the vibrant array of entertaining and inspiring events we have coming up.

Worlds collide in an unmissable talk with international guest Professor Mary Beard and TikTok historian Mary McGillivray on the enduring relevance of Ancient Rome.

We’re making a big splash for families with another jam-packed day of fun with Kids Takeover, featuring special Jams for Juniors sessions.

Don’t forget to discover our latest exhibitions of art, culture, stories and more, including beruk, which celebrates the life and legacy of William Barak.

Explore the full program and book your tickets today.

Emperor of Rome: in conversation with Professor Mary Beard

Professor Mary Beard

Join world-renowned classicist Professor Mary Beard and TikTok historian Mary McGillivray (aka The Iconoclass) as they discuss the relevance of Ancient Rome today and what it is about this Empire that continues to captivate minds.

Emperor of Rome: in conversation with Professor Mary Beard
Wednesday 6 March, 7–8.30pm
Conversation Quarter
Tickets $30
$24 concession and paid members
$21 First Nations audiences

Kids Takeover

Kids and families / A child enjoying the Library

The Library is turning into a kid’s playground for a day this summer. You can choose your own adventure with fun, free activities. Plus, we have some special, ticketed performances for kids to enjoy throughout the day.

Kids Takeover
Thursday 18 January, 10am–3pm
State Library Victoria
Free with paid element

Teen Writing Bootcamp: Information Sessions

Workshops / A teen writer working at their laptop

Teens, make 2024 your writing year. Drop in to an information session to find out all about the Library’s ever-popular, free online Teen Writing Bootcamps, led by leading authors, including Amie KaufmanAlison Evans and Omar Sakr.

Teen Writing Bootcamp: Information Sessions
From Thursday 8 February, 5pm–5.45pm

Current exhibitions

Explore must-see exhibitions that bring to life art, culture and stories.


An exhibition celebrating the life and legacy of William Barak
Open daily

MIRROR: New views on photography exhibition

New views on photography​​​​​​
Open daily

Luminous: A thousand years of Hebrew manuscripts exhibition

A thousand years of Hebrew manuscripts 
Open daily

Summer celebrations

Don’t miss these vibrant and uplifting events to keep you entertained.

Library on the Lawn

Library on the Lawn
From 17 Jan


Our Family Portrait

From 22 Jan

People dancing out the front of the Library

City Sessions
24 Feb

Seas the day at the Library this summer

Enjoy a shining season of unforgettable experiences to broaden your horizons.

Plan ahead before you visit

The Library is open daily from 10am to 6pm. Visit our website for more information on how to make the most of your visit.

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