Facade conservation and repair works: Over the next few weeks there will be intermittent noise in the La Trobe Reading Room while work is carried out on the external walls. More information


Red Rotunda

The Red Rotunda is an elegant gallery featuring 19th-century portraits of well-known Victorians, including William Buckley and Governor La Trobe. Named for its plush red walls, the Red Rotunda is the perfect backdrop for a memorable cocktail party or glamorous sit-down dinner.

The intimate space is a popular venue for cocktails and dinner parties, wedding ceremonies and receptions, and is perfect for a hen’s high tea event. With splendid timber parquetry floors and high ceilings, it is also a versatile location for meetings, lectures, workshops, launches, social functions or photography shoots.

The Red Rotunda also makes a fantastic venue for post-conference dinners and celebrations.

See our venue hire services page to read more about the services included with the hire of the Red Rotunda, along with our standard range of optional extra services.

Unique corporate hospitality opportunity – Victor Hugo: Les Misérables – From Page to Stage

Entertain, inspire and engage your guests with an exclusive after-hours viewing of our Victor Hugo: Les Misérables – From Page to Stage exhibition (running 18 July to 9 November 2014), accompanied by an exquisite French food and wine package.

Your guests will enjoy a private viewing of the exhibition, including Victor Hugo's original handwritten manuscript of Les Misérables, theatrical costumes and historic French treasures. The Parisian theme continues with your choice of five fabulous food and beverage packages featuring traditional French cuisine paired with exquisite French cocktails and vintage wines.

Whether you're planning intimate cocktails and canapés for 20 or an indulgent three-course French dinner for 200, call us on 03 8664 7327 about creating an unforgettable bespoke package for you.

Unique event experiences

Give your guests a better understanding of some of the Library's important artworks by arranging a curator's talk for your function.

More information

You can inquire online or contact our venue hire team at or on 03 8664 7291. For inquiries about holding your wedding or hen’s event at the Library, contact our expert wedding coordinators at or on 03 8664 7293.