State Library Victoria

The newly developed State Library Victoria has 10 unique event spaces, with four completely redeveloped and refurbished areas restoring historical beauty and bringing contemporary refinement. From the stunning Ian Potter Queen’s Hall to conference centre’s and break-out spaces, the new and improved Library has it all.  See whats possible at the State Library for your event, exclusively through Showtime Event Group.


The Conversation Quarter, will connect the Library across the state and around the world. This state-of-the-art public forum, due to be completed in October 2019 will be equipped with the latest two-way broadcast technology taking the Library’s events and programs to schools, libraries and homes around Australia and bringing the world’s best events and experiences to Victoria. It will stream live educational programming and events to regional Victoria, and connect the Library in real-time to international speakers and organisations across the globe.

In addition The Conversation Quarter, is designed to accommodate seminars, lectures, workshops, conferences, meetings and functions. Located in the Quad, from the Swanston Street welcome zone and close to the service Pantry, it is also well located as a break out space for seminars and other events held in the Conference Centre.

Key Features;

  • State of the Art IT specification
  • 3 centuries of architecture in one space
  • 6m x 4.5m digital media wall and integrated AV
  • Adjacent to the Conference Centre
  • Large flexible floor space
  • State of the art – Integrated audio visual
  • Natural light
  • Variety of casual furniture options

Capacities –   350 cocktail / 200 banquet / 250 theatre

Floor area –   495m2

Availability –   From December 2019


Closed to the public since 2003, Vision 2020 will unlock this majestic hall and open it to the public once again.

Returning it to a reading room, Vision 2020 will refurbish The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall, revealing its heritage architecture and celebrating its 19th-century decorative scheme.The original skylights, covered during renovation works in the 1970s, will be uncovered and flood the reading room with natural light. The 1860’s decorative paint scheme, currently hidden beneath layers of paint, will also be revealed. Devised by Edward La Trobe Bateman, in collaboration with architect Joseph Reed, the scheme was inspired by Owen Jones’ “The grammar of ornament” and was different to anything seen before in Melbourne at the time.

By day, The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall will function as a reading room and house the Australian literature, chess and bridge collections. By night, it will transform into a coveted event space, taking full advantage of its historic setting.

Features of The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall include:

  • Ceiling skylights, letting the natural light flood in
  • A new staircase between the reading room and mezzanine
  • Revealing the original 1860’s decorative paint scheme
  • Installing a new lift from the foyer to the reading room and mezzanine level
  • Audio-visual equipment, made available for day and evening use
  • Toilets accessible from the reading room
  • Timber floorboards and acoustic treatments
  • New glass added to Swanston Street and courtyard windows
  • Improved lighting
  • New fittings and furniture

The Ian Potter Foundation is the lead philanthropic donor for the refurbishment of the Library’s historic Queen’s Hall through a $10 million donation from the Foundation, announced in September 2015. The donation is the largest grant ever made by The Ian Potter Foundation’s education program and the largest donation ever received by the State Library.

Capacities –   500 cocktail / 290 banquet / 200 theatre

Floor area –   955m2

Availability –   Post 5pm daily from December 2019


A stunning new special event space, the Isabella Fraser Room is Melbourne’s newest dedicated events space.

The heritage gallery can be transformed into a sophisticated dining room, perfect for boutique weddings, corporate events, business breakfasts and more. Previously closed to the public, this magnificent room boasts glorious high ceilings and large windows looking over La Trobe Street for beautiful natural light. Designed to accommodate 200 guests, the Isabella Fraser Room is located next to the new world-class exhibition space, the Victoria Gallery, providing an opportunity to create a bespoke curator led-experience for guests.

This special event gallery is directly accessible through a new entrance on La Trobe Street.

The State Library Victoria was awarded Best Specialty Venue by Meetings and Events Australia in March 2017. The Isabella Fraser Room is the epitome of clean and classic elegance in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.

Key Features;

  • Dedicated Entry via Latrobe Street
  • Ornate heritage interior
  • Natural light
  • Event lighting including rigging
  • Adjacent to Victoria Gallery
  • Flexible floor space

Capacities –   220 cocktail / 156 banquet / 200 theatre

Floor area –   308m2

Availability –   Always available


The Library’s most spectacular architectural feature, the dome, makes an impressive centrepiece for a special event. Meticulously restored to its former glory, the reading room features custom-built desks of Queensland silky-oak timber, heritage chairs and traditional green reading lamps.

Key Features;

  • Natural light
  • Heritage furniture
  • Proximity to The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall and Cowen Gallery

Capacities –   520 cocktail

Floor area –   1,006m2

Availability –  After 6pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday


The resonant Redmond Barry Reading Room is a room with charm and heritage sophistication. One of the largest spaces the Library has to offer, the high ceiling, curved architraves and glass roof panelling illuminate the space as well as the classic architectural styling no longer seen today. The impressive space sits between the Cowen Gallery and entrance foyer of the State Library, perfect for direct entrance through the Swanston street entrance. The venue comes alive at night with uplights and styling to transform the day to day room into an true events locale.

The Reading Room can be utilised for grand gala dinners, large cocktail events or even just pre-dinner drinks before moving through to another space the Library has to offer.

Key Features;

  • 2 Levels
  • Heritage furniture
  • Proximity to The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall and Cowen Gallery

Capacities –   300 Sit Down

Availability –  After 6pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday