Jirayut is a Study Melbourne Ambassador. Study Melbourne has 22 international student and alumni ambassadors for 2018. During their time as ambassadors, they regularly share insights and experiences to help international students have a great experience while studying here in Victoria. 

Public libraries are community spaces

By Jirayut Prompen

When it comes to public libraries, Melbourne has a lot of places to offer for students, children and adults who enjoy reading and discovering new things. More importantly, most of these public spaces are also designed to be multi-functional, meaning they also offer recreational spaces to suit everyone’s needs in the community. Here are a few libraries that you should check out while in Melbourne.

The State Library of Victoria

328 Swanston Street, Melbourne

The State Library of Victoria was established in 1854 and is Australia’s oldest public library. The library is home to millions of books, photographs, manuscripts, newspapers and artefacts as well as the magnificent octagonal La Trobe Reading Room. The library offers plenty of quiet reading and study spaces, free daily tours, educational workshops, integrated new technologies such as wireless access and computer workstations, online access to databases, and an on-site café, Mr Tulk.

City Library

253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

The City Library is located right in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD near Degraves Street. It is a modern two-storey building which has an extensive collection and a number of zones that will suit your needs such as a computer room, group study rooms, and a quiet reading space.

Library at the Dock

107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands

Library at The Dock is a modern public library and community hub, located in a spectacular setting with waterfront views of Docklands. The three-storey building offers a traditional library collection of more than 200,000 books as well as community meeting spaces, digital collections, free Wi-Fi, a recording studio, creative editing suites, private study areas, and a performance space.

Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre

251 Faraday Street, Carlton

The Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre is located in a 139-year-old building that houses comprehensive library, as well as learning and training rooms, private meeting rooms, community activity spaces, a computer lab, a recording studio and café. The library also offers free Wi-Fi to its visitors.

North Melbourne Library

66 Errol Street, North Melbourne

The  North Melbourne Library is a vibrant community space which is home to community language collections, an extensive music and film collection, as well as fiction and non-fiction books to suit all interest areas.

The La Trobe Reading Room at State Library of Victoria

The magnificent octagonal La Trobe Reading Room at the State Library Victoria.

About the author

Jirayut enjoys living in one of the most multicultural cities in the world believes that volunteering provides valuable experience that money cannot buy. He hopes to support the wider international student community find their ‘wow’ moment like he had when he first arrived in Victoria.  Meet all the Study Melbourne Student Ambassadors.

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