The Library will close at 6pm on Friday 24 December and reopen at 10am on Tuesday 4 January.

Some services will be unavailable or delayed over the holiday period including:

  • requesting books online
  • registering as a new user
  • updating your registration details

Our website will still be available over this period. You can also continue to access our online copy service, but orders will not be processed until after 4 January.

If you are ordering books, newspapers and journals from off-site storage to use on 4 January, please order them by 5.30pm on Thursday 23 December.

If you want to use Heritage Collections items (manuscripts, rare books, maps and pictures) stored on site or off site, you will need to order them by 3pm on 23 December.

The online requests services will resume after the holiday period. Requests for another day will resume at 6pm on Monday 3 January and requests for today will resume at 8.30am on 4 January.

Mr Tulk and Readings will also be closed during the holiday period.

The Library wishes you a safe and joyous festive season.

This article has 3 comments

  1. Merry Christmas.

    I understand/expect that the SLV would not be open on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. But WHY is it closed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of next week and then on the 2nd and 3rd of Jan. This is the time that some of us can get into the SLV.

    • Thank you for your comment.

      Unfortunately, the Library’s budgetary position does not allow us to open as often as we would wish, and we are currently closed on public holidays, between Christmas and New Year, and over the Easter weekend. Our user research has shown that this pattern of closure causes less disruption to the majority of users than other options like shortening our daily opening, or closing on a regular day each week . While the closures are still very inconvenient for users, the Library maintains the most generous opening hours of all Victoria’s cultural institutions, as well as an extensive collection of online resources that can be used at any time. Even so, we understand your disappointment at not being able to visit during the Christmas period and for this we apologise.

      We hope you will visit now that we are open again.

  2. Caroline Williamson

    Very sorry to find the library is closed for so long. With all the family at home, I find it almost impossible to study – I was relying on the SLV as a haven in the Xmas period!

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