Anzac Day: The Library will be open as usual on Friday 25 April.

La Trobe Reading Room: The La Trobe Reading Room will close at 3pm on Tuesday 29 April. More information

Anzac Day & La Trobe Reading Room early closure
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Secondary students

Our curriculum-based programs allow students to engage with the Library's collections through exhibitions, tours and workshops.

All programs are run by the education team and held at the Library. Programs complement AusVELS and the Australian curriculum and many are supported by teaching resources.

The Centre for Youth Literature runs additional programs throughout the year.

Teachers can take school groups on self-guided visits to the Library, but bookings still need to be made.


Programs are held at the Library and are available from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

All programs must be pre-booked.

Victor Hugo - page to stage workshop

This Victor Hugo – page to stage workshop allows students to work with innovative technology to create their own digital comic, inspired by Victor Hugo's novel Les Misérables.

Printmaking and Piranesi

In Printmaking and Piranesi, students explore the exhibition Rome: Piranesi's vision and learn printmaking skills to create their own artwork.

Il mondo di Piranesi: Italian language program

In this Italian language program, students explore the exhibition Rome: Piranesi's vision and learn printmaking skills to create their own artwork, while practising their Italian language skills at the same time.

The living Library

The living Library is an interactive, multimodal and engaging trail around the Library, led by an education officer. Discover the purpose of the Library and its cultural value to Victoria – past, present and future.

Library orientation tour

The Library orientation tour is an ideal way for students to engage with the impressive spaces, collections, services and history of the Library.

'The changing face of Victoria' exhibition tour

During 'The changing face of Victoria' exhibition tour students will develop an understanding of the arrival of European settlers in Victoria and the Aboriginal people who preceded them.

'Mirror of the world' exhibition tour

The 'Mirror of the world' exhibition tour gives students the opportunity to view historical examples of writing such as a cuneiform tablet and early printed works.

Research skills workshop

The Research skills workshop will teach students essential research skills applicable to all subject areas.

Medieval calligraphy workshop

After visiting the Mirror of the world exhibition, students will make their own illuminated manuscript page as part of the Medieval calligraphy workshop.

Contesting Kelly

In Contesting Kelly students will analyse primary sources related to Ned Kelly and decide whether he was a hero or a villain.

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