On 3 July 1854, the recently inaugurated Governor Sir Charles Hotham laid the foundation stone of both the new library and the University of Melbourne. The library opened in 1856, with a collection of 3,800 books chosen by Mr Justice Barry, the President of Trustees. Augustus H. Tulk, the first librarian, was appointed three months after the opening.The first reading room was the Queen's Reading Room (now Queen's Hall), which opened in 1859. Temporary buildings built in 1866 for the Intercolonial Exhibition remained in use by the library until 1909, when work began on a new annexe building to mark the library's Jubilee. This new building was the landmark Domed Reading Room, which opened in 1913 and was designed by Norman G. Peebles.
This year the Dome is celebrating its centenary with an exhibition in the Library's gallery and with various activities organised. The State Library is one of my favourite haunts in the City and as well as visiting to consult its collection, I frequently arrange meetings there or have a coffee in its coffee shop.
This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme.