State Library Victoria Forecourt

State Library Forecourt

304 Swanston Street, Melbourne 3000


The forecourt spans the full width of the block from Little Lonsdale Street to La Trobe Street. It is often used as a central place for people to meet and as a public place for activism displays.



There are three two-hour disability-permit parking spaces in La Trobe Street, outside Mr Tulk.

There are two two-hour disability-permit parking spaces in Little Lonsdale Street, between Swanston and Russell streets (outside the Wheeler Centre).

Wheelchair access

Swanston Street Welcome Zone: use the ramp at La Trobe Street, near the corner of Swanston Street.
Russell Street Welcome Zone: use Entry 5 via La Trobe Street, near the corner of Russell Street.
Conference Centre and Village Roadshow Theatrette: access via Entry 3 on La Trobe Street.
Cafes: visit our pop-up cafe via Entry 5, La Trobe Street. Enter Mr Tulk via the ramp at La Trobe Street, Entry 2.

While the Library has stair free access (as listed above), the forecourt does not.

Courtesy wheelchair

A courtesy wheelchair is available for visitors attending Library events and exhibitions. Please note that we are unable to provide staff to push wheelchairs. To book or make further inquiries, contact the Access and Inclusion Librarian on 8664 7005 or email accessinclusion@slv.vic.gov.au.

Accessible toilets

There are separate male and female accessible toilets in these Library spaces:

  • Hansen Hall, just near the entrance to Mr Tulk, in the Swanston Street Welcome Zone on Level 2 (ground floor)
  • Gateway, Level 2 (ground floor), adjacent to the lifts
  • Russell Street Welcome Zone, via Entry 5 on La Trobe Street
  • The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall
  • The Children’s Quarter, Level 2 (ground floor), has joint facilities for carers and children.

Events at this venue:


Yung Tent Embassy

Across two hours six activists from a range of social justice sites, curated by Crystal McKinnon, including Elder Activist Aunty Ronnie Gorrie, will present their curated, passionate ten-minute talks with time for audience responses.    Please note: There has been a time change for this event. Yung Tent Embassy will now begin at 3:00 PM

March 19, 2022