LibraryMuseum: Venue tour

Opened in 2007, the LibraryMuseum is a community hub bringing together state-of-the-art technology, reading and research facilities, a diverse exhibition schedule, a dynamic program of events and a focus on our region’s heritage. Open 7 days, it averages 4,000 visitors each week.

Upon entering the central foyer the building extends in two wings with the library to your left and the museum to your right. Here are some of the key features of the facility. Go to Architecture notes to learn more about the building itself.

Living Rivers

Here in this place both past and future meet  
And in the living present join their power,
And, as in every union that's replete,
There is a richness which transcends the hour,
And makes it memorable for years to come
– So time will add its own encomium...
Since each of us, they say, is a living river
This tribute to our lives and to our land
Will serve to unite the gifted and the giver
And reinforce what we all understand:
That arts and learning merit our devotion
Just as our rivers feed both land and ocean.

Living Rivers was written by renowned Australian poet, Bruce Dawe, to commemorate the significance of our new facility. Look for it on the north-west exterior of the building facing Kiewa Street.

The Border Mail Mott Family Infozone

Named after the original owners of the Border Mail newspaper, this area houses local and family history, reference collections and is the main technology area in the building. Try the interactive touch screen with highlights from Albury’s history or take a look at Albury’s past using the photo kiosk. 

Robbins and Porter Monoplane

Hanging from the double-height foyer ceiling is a life-size replica of the Robbins and Porter monoplane. It was built in 2013 to commemorate 100 years since the first flight of the only monoplane with a flat-four aero engine ever to fly. The original monoplane was constructed at this very location, the original site of the Robbins and Porter garage.  

Exhibition Spaces

The museum has two large exhibition spaces and more than 20,000 items in its collection.

>  The Crossing Place

This exhibition is named for Albury’s history as a meeting point and crossing place; here the Murray River was narrow and easily crossed. It tells the history of Albury from the time of the Wiradjuri people to the present day - a story that continues to evolve. Exhibits include Wiradjuri Talkback and the Bonegilla Migrant Centre display, frequently visited by people tracing their family’s arrival in Australia after World War II. Discover more

>  Temporary exhibitions

Temporary exhibitions change every 6–8 weeks, showcasing  touring exhibitions, items from the AlburyCity collection and community exhibitions. Themes range from social history to contemporary multimedia and everything in between. View the current exhibition schedule

Kidspace

Reading nooks, child-friendly furniture, toys and curiosities encourage you to linger. The Kidspace houses a miniature library made of paper by author and illustrator David Miller. It is ‘a library of dreams and imagination, where anything is possible and many wonderful surprises are waiting to be discovered. Just like a real library.’ (David Miller, 2007)

Curioser and curioser

The LibraryMuseum and Lavington Library share an extensive collection of some 75,000 items, three-quarters of which is held in the LibraryMuseum. Wander through the shelves in the non-fiction section and you’ll discover a charming cabinet in which a beloved book character lives.