Readings State Library

Woiworung Country, State Library Victoria, 285-321 Russell St, Melbourne 3000, Victoria— Manager: Claire Atherfold, 03 8664 7540, slv@readings.com.au

Information about the current conditions of entry to our State Library shop:

With the global health crisis ongoing, we are committed to providing a safe environment for our staff and customers. Below are the conditions of entry.

  • Use hand sanitiser on entry.
  • Maintain physical distancing and stay 1.5m from others.
  • Keep your visit to within 15 minutes.
  • Do not enter if unwell.
  • Limit contact with surfaces & products.
  • Treat staff and other customers with respect.
  • Payment by card preferred.
  • In addition to the above, as part of the State Library Precinct, our SLV shop currently has a customer limit in place of one person per 2m2. If we reach our customer limit, staff will respectfully ask that you wait outside.

About Readings State Library

Readings State Library is the first permanent commercial bookshop permitted to be established in the building in the Library’s 150 year history. It is a unique space that caters to students, travellers, book lovers, CBD workers and library regulars.

As part of the State Library Victoria’s Vision 2020 redevelopment project, our shop was relocated to a welcoming new space beautifully designed by Australasian design firm Architectus with Scandinavia’s Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects. Situated at the library’s Russell St entrance, Readings State Library offers a large and diverse selection of titles to browse and features a wide range of stationery.


Accessibility

Readings State Library is now located at the Russell Street entrance for the State Library Victoria. While this entrance has stairs, an accessible entrance to the library and the Readings shop can be found on La Trobe Street.

During trading hours, the shop is accessible for people whose mobility is impaired and wheelchair users. Clear signage can be found throughout the shop and there is plenty of space inside for browsing the shelves. There are no steps within the shop.

There are some couches located in-store, which provides places for people to rest. You can find additional information about accessibility at the State Library Victoria here.

If you have any difficulties moving around the shop, encounter hard-to-reach titles, or require a pen and paper to communicate, staff members are always on hand to help.

If you have any specific questions regarding accessibility, please contact the shop directly.