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Tomorrow marks one year since the completion of the ambitious State Library Victoria $88.1 million Vision 2020 redevelopment, which increased public space by 40% and seating by 70%.
The award-winning Vision 2020 redevelopment continues the Library’s proud heritage of reinventing its spaces and services to remain the epicentre for education, ideas, creativity and debate in Victoria.

For senior project manager Richard Nash, the opportunity to work on the redevelopment was a once in a lifetime opportunity. 

“The chance to work on such an iconic Melbourne building doesn’t come along every day. I was able to share the excitement of the opening day with my wife and kids - it’s a special memory that I’ll never forget,” said Richard. 

The renewal of Australia’s oldest and busiest public library responds to the changing needs of the Library’s growing community by providing new spaces, services and better access to knowledge.

The design was led by an international, award-winning team combining the talents of Australasian design firm Architectus with Scandinavia’s Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects. The construction work was carried out by Built, one of Australia’s largest private construction groups with extensive experience in complex heritage refurbishment.

The project was delivered by Development Victoria and Creative Victoria.

After the longest closure in the Library's 164-year history to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Library is now reopened to the public with daily sessions from 10am-1.30pm or 2.30pm-6pm.

Updated on 26 May 2023