Library gets an $88.1m refresh with new creative spaces

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) opened its main entrance today after a landmark renovation including an Ideas Quarter and the original reading room, Queen's Hall.

The State Library Victoria has re-opened its iconic front door today (5 December) wrapping up a $88.1m development.

Opening the new building, Victorian minister for Creative Industries the Hon. Martin Foley said, ‘Libraries are more important and significant than they have ever been in this knowledge-based economy.’ Foley also observed that while the State Government had funded $60m of the bill, a further $30m was raised through philanthropy and private funding, indicating how beloved the library is by Victorians.

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George Dunford is Director of Content at ArtsHub and Screenhub. He has written for Meanjin, The Big Issue, Lonely Planet, The Good Food Guide and others. He has worked in digital leadership roles in the cultural sector for more than 10 years including at the National Library of Australia, National Museum of Australia and the Wheeler Centre. You can follow him on Twitter: @Hack_packer