State Library reveals plans for $88 million upgrade

Areas of the State Library that have remained boxed off to the public for years will be reopened for use as part of an $88.1 million upgrade.

The new designs have been created by international renowned firms Architectus and Denmarks' Schmidt Hammer Lassen, set to open up 40 percent more space to the public. 


“For the past 18 months we’ve been asking Victorians what they want from their State Library," says State Library CEO Kate Torney. "We’ve talked to people who regularly use the library, as well as with those who don’t use it now, but hopefully will enjoy all it has to offer in the future.


“The designs strike a beautiful balance between restoring and celebrating the heritage of this wonderful institution and responding to the changing and varied needs of our visitors,” she said.


The new development will create new areas for public use, as well re-opening the Ian Potter Queens Hall after more than a decade. 


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More details via the project website