Looking for a gorgeous space in Melbourne’s CBD? We’ve got a treat for you! Say hello to the State Library Victoria, an oh-so-beautiful historic building perfect for weddings and luxe events.

Three words that best describe the State Library Victoria? If we had to sum it up, we’d pick ‘historic’, ‘unique’ and ‘architectural’.

Boasting beautiful high ceilings, jaw-dropping classical styling, juxtaposed with modern in-built technology and features. This historic space is ideal for couples looking for a venue of supreme sophistication in a prime location.

Contact the team at Showtime Event Group to see more about the range of spaces available at the Library including galleries, reading rooms and purpose-built event spaces. Create your love story here.HOORAY-Showtime-Events-State-Library-Victoria09HOORAY-Showtime-Events-State-Library-Victoria10HOORAY-Showtime-Events-State-Library-Victoria11HOORAY-Showtime-Events-State-Library-Victoria13HOORAY-Showtime-Events-State-Library-Victoria08

Meet the State Library Victoria


The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall is one of Melbourne’s most beautiful 19th-century interiors, evoking the splendour of marvellous Melbourne.

Opening in Spring 2019 current redevelopment works include uncovering the original skylights flooding the room with natural light, revealing the 1860 decorative paint scheme. Ian Potter Queen’s Hall will transform into a special wedding event space, taking full advantage of its historic setting.

The dedicated suite of banquet furniture, integrated AV and adjacent finishing kitchen will cement The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall as “Melbourne’s premier event space”

Ian Potter Queen’s Hall has the capacity for 250 people seated. 



Welcome to one of the most awe-inspiring and sophisticated spaces in Victoria.

Over 100 years old, The La Trobe Reading Room is centrally located within the State Library, streaming natural light floods the grand space through the original glass dome, almost 35 meters above.

Step into this magnificent space and instantly feel the grandeur, with three levels built around the octagonal floor, symmetrically designed with original hardwood furniture and balconies lined with vintage literature.

The La Trobe Reading Room is one of the most iconic and beloved architectural marvels that Australia has to offer.

It is an outstanding historical destination for your wedding celebration and is the perfect space for couples looking for that incredible wow-factor with a difference.

Capacity for 500 guests cocktail.



The Cowen Gallery is a room of rich history and of deep character.

Existing since the creation of the Library, the long gallery is over 100 years old. Decorated with classic Victorian-era artworks, lending to the rich past of the space.

Located adjacent to the Redmond Barry Reading Room and the grand La Trobe Reading Room, it sits poised as a significant mid-point within the library’s spaces and collections. Large wooden doors and detailed architraves lend to the fine craftsmanship that remains from the original home of the National Gallery of Victoria.

Suited to decadent dinners or lavish cocktail weddings within the historic surrounds of the library.

Capacity for 220 seated.



The freshest wedding venue in Melbourne is the purpose-built Isabella Fraser Room. Named after the State Library’s first female staff member, this heritage gallery space is the definition of clean and classic. Along with tight lines and a blank canvas feel, this gorgeous space is only limited to your imagination.

For an evening of cultural immersion, you can host arrival drinks and canapés in many of the unique spaces available at the State Library Victoria.

Previously closed to the public the space boasts enormous windows running the length of the room, a grand high-ceiling and modern ornate finishing’s, the Isabella Fraser is the understated elegance you have been waiting for!

Capacity for 150 seated with a dancefloor.



A sophisticated and intimate dinner space nestled amongst historical artworks.

The North Rotunda, previously known as the ‘Red Room’ has recently undergone a complete facelift, restored to a classical and clean colour scheme, adorned with 19th-century oil paintings.

The perfect setting for couples looking for pre-dinner drinks, smaller seated or cocktail celebrations, while maintaining an air of old-world charm.

The Rotunda is adjacent to the Cowen Gallery and the famous Victoria Gallery creating an ambience within this classic space.

Capacity for 60 seated.


To contact the team at the State Library of Victoria, email Troy at events@seg.melbourne