State Library Victoria was last night announced as the gold winner for outstanding contribution by volunteers and the bronze winner for cultural tourism at the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards held in Melbourne.
It’s the third consecutive year where the State Library has been recognised for its contribution to the Victorian tourism industry.
State Library Victoria CEO, Kate Torney, said it was an honour to be recognised by the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards for the third year in a row.
“It’s wonderful for the Library, one of Melbourne’s most iconic heritage landmarks, to be recognised yet again and for the contribution of our wonderful volunteers to be showcased.
“It’s recognition of the Library’s commitment to preserving and sharing the stories of our collective history and culture and to providing an outstanding visitor experience.
“I’d like to congratulate the Library’s dedicated staff and volunteers for making this Library such a great place for visitors.”
The awards come after the original Ashes Urn was unveiled for exclusive display in the State Library’s current free exhibition, Velvet, Iron, Ashes, and ahead of the opening of the final stage of its $88.1 million redevelopment on Thursday 5 December at 10am.
The redevelopment transforms 13 spaces across the Library including The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall, the original reading room, and increases public space by 40% and seating by 70%.
State Library Victoria is ranked as the fourth most popular library in the world, welcoming around 2 million visitors each year and 5 million visits online.