Readings State Library
With the global health crisis ongoing, we are committed to providing a safe environment for our staff and customers. Here are the conditions of entry for our shops:
- Check in using the displayed QR code or our pen-and-paper alternative.
- Use hand sanitiser on entry.
- Fitted face masks are mandatory, unless exempt.
- 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.
- Follow directions to queue outside if required.
- Treat staff and other customers with respect.
- Payment by card required.
In addition to the above, each of our shops will have customer limits in place. The limit for our State Library shop is 37 customers. If we reach that 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.
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.