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The Ian Potter Queens Hall

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328 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Availability –   From 5pm Daily

Previously closed to the public for sixteen years, The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall has recently reopened after an historic redevelopment. The original skylights, covered during renovation works in the 1970s, have been uncovered and flood the reading room with natural light. As a result of renovations, the 1860 decorative paint scheme has was surprisingly revealed. Finally, a design and architectural marvel of its time  can now once again be enjoyed by the public.

By day, The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall functions as a reading room and house the Australian literature, chess and bridge collections. By night, it transforms into a special event space, taking full advantage of its historic setting. This incredible venue offers charm, rich history and class which is simply unmatched.

The Ian Potter Foundation is the lead philanthropic donor for the refurbishment of the Library’s historic Queen’s Hall through a $10 million donation from the Foundation. The donation is the largest grant ever made by The Ian Potter Foundation’s education program and the largest donation ever received by the State Library





  • High ceilings

  • Corinthian pillars

  • Meticulously restored heritage design

  • Ceiling skylights, letting natural light flood in

  • New staircase between the reading room and mezzanine revealing the original 1860s decorative paint scheme

  • A new lift from the foyer to the reading room and mezzanine level

  • A/V equipment, made available for day and evening use

  • Toilets accessible from the reading room

  • Timber floorboards and acoustic treatments

  • New lighting features

  • New fittings and furniture

  • Please note that capacities are subject to change due to Covid-19. Contact us below to be informed of most up-to-date restrictions in accordance to Government Guidelines


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    – CARA


Melbourne CBD

Previously closed to the public for sixteen years, The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall has recently reopened after an historic redevelopment.


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