State Library Of Victoria

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    State Library Of Victoria
    328 Swanston St
    Melbourne, VIC 3000
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The State Library of Victoria is one of Melbourne's pre-eminent cultural institutions.We are the state's largest public reference library and our collection includes ephemera, artworks, audio and video files, digitised copies of works, music scores, books and more.On these pages you can discover our history, vision and values. You can also find the latest job vacancies, media releases, policies and annual reports.The State Library of Victoria is one of seven cultural agencies of the Victorian Government. These agencies are overseen by Arts Victoria, a division of the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Arts Victoria is responsible for implementing the government's arts policies.Victorians will have ready access to a comprehensive collection of Victorian documentary material and to worldwide information resources to enrich their cultural, educational, social and economic lives.The Library's work in achieving this vision is informed by five values.• Innovation: We recognise and embrace new technologies, ideas and opportunities to improve, grow and develop as individuals and as industry leaders in a challenging environment.• Collaboration: We work together and with partners, sharing knowledge and resources to advance universal access to information.• Engagement: We work to understand, connect and meet the needs and expectations of our communities in the most appropriate ways.• Excellence: We provide an outstanding service at all times in a professional and ethical manner.• Respect: We strive to create an open and caring community by valuing and supporting individuals, and acknowledging the strength of diversity.The front steps and lawn of the State Library make a great spot for soaking up the sun. In fact, pre-Fed Square, this was the city centre's biggest public space and the main meeting spot for demonstrations. On the third floor of the Roman-style building is an impressive five-storey octagonal reading room, recently restored to its original sky-lit splendour.The Library also incorporates several art galleries and the Mr Tulk café.The library is open seven days a week, except public holidays.■ Monday to Thursday, 10am–9pm■ Friday to Sunday, 10am–6pm

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