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Gallery & art spaces

The City Library provides a vibrant cultural hub for the local Melbourne community.

Within the library, users can view and experience a range of art, including exhibitions in the level-one Gallery, hanging art in the Degraves Reading Room, moving-image works in the projections program, and smaller works in the display niches dotted around the library.

In addition to supporting our traditional art spaces, we welcome enquiries from the community regarding unusual installations, ephemeral performances and other creative projects.

The Melbourne Library Service applies the guidelines outlined in the City of Melbourne Arts Strategy to all applications for use of the Gallery and art spaces at City Library, and to any exhibitions that are held in a Melbourne Library Service facility. Please ensure that you are familiar with the City of Melbourne Arts Strategy 2014-17 before applying to exhibit.

The Gallery @ City Library

The Gallery @ City library is a vibrant space in the heart of Melbourne. A modern open-plan area that acts as an internal balcony, it features polished floorboards and off-white walls. The library receives more than 2,500 visitors per day, and the Gallery is available to exhibit contemporary works in all media.


The cost to the artist is $800 for a 4-week exhibition space, which includes 400 x DL brochures, advertising in Art Guide Australia, and promotion on the Melbourne Library Service website and affiliate websites. A non-refundable deposit of $400 must be paid to secure a booking.
All prices are inclusive of GST. Prices are current as of July 2011.


Gallery wall: 17m long x 3.2m high.
Additional side wall: Approximately 3.5m long x 3.5m high.

Our Gallery space is fully programed for 2014.  Currently we are taking applications for 2015.

To apply please download and submit the below application form:

Download the Application to exhibit (PDF, 86kb)

Degraves Reading Room @ City Library

The Degraves Reading Room is a popular public-reading area of the City Library, which has wall-hanging space available for use by visual artists at different stages throughout the year.


Degraves wall: 12m long x 2.9m high.

To apply please send a bio, an image and a synopsis of the work to:

Projections @ City Library

The Melbourne Library Service is always on the lookout for digital image content to screen as part of its public projections program, which showcases quality works that embrace the vibrancy of Melbourne’s artistic community. Currently the City Library has two outlets available for moving-image works: a projection in the foyer of the building, and a plasma screen on the ground floor.

What we are looking for

City Library is looking for work which will be visually stimulating without the need for a soundtrack — such as abstract imagery and photographic slideshows — while conforming to classification restrictions (i.e. the material must be suitable for a public space, or lighter than G rated).

Each successful submission is played on a constant loop for a specified duration of up to one month, and screening times are advertised on our website.

Submissions must be presented via DVD copies in PAL format, or Powerpoint slideshow, of no less than 10 minutes duration, preferably 20 minutes. Artists are more than welcome to assemble their own compilation with other contributing artists if their body of work does not meet this requirement.
Please note: All DVDs must be set to loop start to finish, to start again.

To apply for the projections program please send a bio and a synopsis of the work to:

Niches & display cabinets @ City Library

The City Library has a variety of niches and display cabinets dotted around the library that are perfect for small sculptural works, jewellery exhibitions, craft works, and other creative installations. The Melbourne Library Service is looking for interested artists to fill some, or all, of the various display spaces at various times throughout the year.

Dimension examples

Art niches: 6 x 360mm deep x 570mm high x 380mm wide.
Entrance niches: 3 x 890mm long x 260mm deep x 350mm high.

Please email us for a complete list of spaces and dimensions, and to apply please send a bio, an image and a synopsis of the work to: