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State Library Victoria

328 Swanston St, Melbourne


State Library Victoria is home to the WG Alma Conjuring Collection which includes many rare and ephemeral materials, historical journals from the late 19th and 20th centuries, and limited edition publications by celebrated magicians such as Houdini, Professor Hoffman, Penn and Teller, Harry Blackstone and Dai Vernon.

The Collection was donated by world-renowned Australian magician William George Alma and reflects his lifelong dedication to the art of conjuring.

The Collection contains around 2000 books on magic, 60 magazine titles, 1500 photographs, 300 posters, over 400 detailed research files on individual magicians and other magic memorabilia.

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Public transport

  • Train – Melbourne Central station is directly opposite the Library’s Swanston Street entrance. Country travellers can transfer to metropolitan trains at Southern Cross or North Melbourne stations.
  • Tram – there are tram stops near our entrances on Swanston Street and La Trobe Street
  • Bus – the nearest stops are in Lonsdale, Russell and Exhibition streets

See Public Transport Victoria for more information.



There are separated bike lanes in both directions on Swanston and La Trobe streets. You’ll find bike racks on and near the corner of Swanston and La Trobe streets, Swanston and Little Lonsdale streets. See the City of Melbourne website for more information.



The Library doesn’t have on-site parking, but there is paid street parking on La Trobe Street and several pay car parks close by, including at Melbourne Central and QV. There are three parking spaces for people with a disability permit in La Trobe Street.




The Mr Tulk Cafe, named for the first librarian Augustus Tulk, the Library’s cafe is the perfect place to fuel your research with a delicious breakfast or lunch, indulge in some coffee and cake, or relax with a glass of wine.

Also don’t miss the Guild  Café – located in the Russell Street Welcome Zone – they serve coffee, pastries and bakery goods.