The State Library of Victoria is one of Australia's oldest cultural institutions, opened in 1856.

Facilities include:

  • Information centre
  • Reading rooms
  • Conference centre & theatrette
  • Galleries with permanent and temporary collections
  • Experimedia where visitors can interact with the latest technology

The library collection comprises over two million books and serials, one of Australia's largest newspaper collections, hundreds of thousands of pictures, maps, manuscripts, artefacts and materials in digital and multimedia formats. The library's off-site storage facility is located in Ballarat.

Key Facts 2015-16

  • Total income - $54.5 million
  • Value of assets (land, buildings & equipment) - $378.2 million
  • Value of collection - $395.8 million
  • Creative Victoria's annual operational appropriation - $35.9 million (including additional project operating funding)
  • Creative Victoria's annual capital appropriation - $2.0 million 
  • Number of attendances - 1.9 million
  • Number of website visits - 4.4 million
  • Number of participants in youth education programs - 50,434
  • Number of employees - 271 full-time equivalent
  • Number of members / friends - 1,097
  • Number of volunteer hours - 7,353 hours (equivalent to 967 full-time days)