Acknowledgment of country

Polyglot acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live and create, and we pay our respects to Elders past and present. For more than 65,000 years, children and families have created and played here, and we are grateful to make our art on this country too.

July 04 - July 14 2024

Paper Planet workshops at State Library Victoria

Following Paper Planet at Kids Takeover: After Dark, join us for school holiday creative paper play and making.

A Paper Planet production photo. A smiling child in a handmade tissue paper costume creates and plays among suspended blue tissue paper creations. Photo: Ai Ueda

In a small grove of tall cardboard trees, kids and their families are invited to use paper, tape and their imaginations to create their own creatures, plants, costumes, characters and adventures. Children choose how they interact with the materials, and creations can be added to the trees, or taken home for further play.

These relaxed, drop-in sessions will be facilitated by a Polyglot artist and a Library educator.


Date and Session Times

  • 4-14 July: 1pm-3pm daily

FREE drop in sessions, no bookings required.

General Access

  • State Library Victoria is open 10am-6pm seven days a week. Admission is free.
  • Refer to the State Library Victoria Website for a library map, with translations in Chinese (Mandarin) and Japanese.


State Library Victoria is wheelchair accessible.

  • Swanston Street Welcome zone: Use the ramp at La Trobe Street near the corner of Swanston Street
  • Russell Street Welcome Zone: Use Entry 5 via La Trobe Street near the corner of Russell Street


  • The Children’s Quarter, Level 2 (ground floor), has separate male, female and accessible toilets. There are also joint facilities for carers and children.
  • Unisex accessible bathrooms are located behind the lifts/stairs beside the Create Quarter, and at the end of Hansen Hall near Mr Tulk Café.

Wheelchair access

  • Swanston Street Welcome Zone: use the ramp at La Trobe Street, near the corner of Swanston Street.
  • Russell Street Welcome Zone: use Entry 5 via La Trobe Street, near the corner of Russell Street.
  • A courtesy wheelchair is available for visitors attending Library events and exhibitions. Courtesy wheelchairs can be booked by contacting the Access and Inclusion Librarian. More information is available on the State Library of Victoria website.

Further access information is available on the State Library of Victoria website.

Paper Planet workshops

  • Children and families choose how they interact with the facilitators and the materials.
  • You can come and go from the workshops at any time.
  • A visual story to help your family prepare for the experience is available here to view/download.
  • Polyglot Theatre staff are trained in disability and cultural awareness. If you have any questions about the workshops, please contact us on 03 9826 3301 or

How to prepare

  • When you come to a Polyglot workshop we recommend you wear comfortable clothing that allows you to enjoy moving. Remember that you have come for an adventure and there are many ways to begin finding your play. You are curious and this space is yours. Just as you might at the beach, do you take your time and dip your toe in to warm up, or do you run and jump right in? The worlds we set up welcome you to take your time and find your own way to your imaginative play; and our performers are there to join you, or play alongside you, and look after these worlds and their inhabitants.

Family Access

  • Wheelchair-accessible toilets with children’s and carer’s facilities are located in the Pauline Gandel Children’s Quarter on Level 2 (Ground Floor)
  • Prams, strollers and bags with items for babies or young children can be brought into the Library.

Baby Change Facilities

There are two baby change facilities located on Level 2 (Ground Floor):

Food and Drink

  • Food and drink for babies and toddlers are welcome in the Pauline Gandel Children’s Quarter. However, food is not allowed in the library apart from select areas such as the Swanston Street Welcome Zone, Russell Street Welcome Zone and Hansen Hall.
  • Bottled water is generally allowed in main public areas apart from the Heritage Collections Reading Room.
  • Families are welcome to BYO food and drinks for picnicking on the lawn.


  • Mr Tulk Café is located at the La Trobe Street entrance of State Library Victoria, open 8am-5pm Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5pm Sat-Sun.
  • Guild Café in the Russell Street Welcome Zone is open 9am-4pm Mon-Fri, 10am-3:30pm Sat-Sun.

Getting There


  • Melbourne Central/Lonsdale St (Zone 1) services bus routes 200, 200-207, 207, 250, 250-251, 251, 302, 302-304, 303, 304, 305, 309, 318, 350, 905, 906, 907, 908.
  • Facilities include: pay phone, lighting.


  • Melbourne Central Station is directly opposite the Library’s Swanston Street entrance (900m approximately).
  • Facilities include: lighting, escalator, Hearing Loop, lift, stairs, Tactile Ground Surface Indicator, accessible telephone, accessible toilet, pay phone, indoor waiting area, sheltered waiting area, kiosk, passenger information display, toilets, CCTV.


  • Melbourne Central Station/Swanston St #8 (Zone 1) services tram routes: 1, 16, 3-3a, 5, 6, 64, 67, 72.
  • Facilities include: lighting, Tactile Ground Surface Indicator, accessible ramp, myki machines.
  • Swanston St/La Trobe St #6 (Zone 1) services tram routes: 30, 35.
  • Facilities include: lighting, payphone, myki machines, myki Money Quick Top Up and Enquiry Machine (QTEM).

For more information on public transport in Melbourne, visit the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) website.


  • 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.
  • Visit the City of Melbourne website for more information.


Meter Parking

  • There is no on-site parking available. There is paid street parking on La Trobe Street.

Melbourne Central

QV Melbourne

  • QV Parking is accessible from entrances on Lonsdale Street, Russell Street and Little Lonsdale Street.
  • Over 1500 spaces
  • Open 24 hours, 7 days a week
  • 2.1m maximum vehicle height

Accessible Parking

  • There are three two-hour disability-permit parking spaces in La Trobe Street, outside Mr Tulk.
  • There are two 2-hour disability-permit parking spaces in Little Lonsdale Street, between Swanston and Russell streets (outside the Wheeler Centre).
  • Visit the City of Melbourne website for more information on accessible parking, including a parking map.

Established in 1854 as the Melbourne Public Library, State Library Victoria is Australia’s oldest public library and one of the first free public libraries in the world.

The Pauline Gandel Children’s Quarter, supported by Gandel Foundation, is a purpose-built space for children and families to read, learn and play, with an associated program of activities.


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