The news follows an $8 million donation made to the State Library, arriving as one of the largest philanthropic efforts made in the library’s history.
The donation will fund a brand new exhibition space, dubbed The Victoria Gallery, which will curate iconic historical items that tell the story of Victoria.
Items to be featured in the gallery include the 1853 gold miners’ petition and Ned Kelly’s original armour.
Moreover, the State Government will fund a $5 million project that will rejuvenate the library’s eastern wing, including re-opening the Russel St entrance for the first time in over a decade – as well as opening a new cafe, new shops, and a collaborative working area.
The announcement ties in with the State Library’s Vision 2020 redevelopment project, which is set to reinvigorate Australia’s oldest and busiest public library.
Under the Vision 2020 project, the State Library will undergo refurbishment of heritage spaces, create new spaces for children and teenagers, and update their current technologies to promote widespread digital literacy and creativity for all Victorians.