Ah, serenity. Far beyond the abrasive "Serenity Now!" roared memorably by Kramer, this reading, studying and contemplating room in the heart of the State Library is a place to be productive, minus the stress that usually accompanies a desire for productiveness. Admittedly, it's easy to be dragged into a melancholic reverie by the warm oak and Michael Douglas-esque emerald reading lamps, but your work is sure to reflect that, in the best way possible. Divine young men and women pouring over Dostoyevsky and Plath, school kids studying for that elusive gold star and those pushing on into literary maturity all sit in silent harmony, truly quiet and truly accommodating.
[ADVERT]Despite being that white-domed room shown on most brochures and Postcards episodes, the La Trobe room retains an element of surprise. The walls are adorned with quotations; the desks with name placards and due scratches. Dame Nellie Melba has provided my seat and wholesome it was. Easily conducive to three hours of work.
The only downside to our modern expectations is the desk height. It is mildly uncomfortable to type at any great pace, but taking notes and spying on neighbours it more than do-able. For that change of environment needed as the year drags on, this room has served me well. Easily recommended for a touristic visit also.
Words on the page are never prisoners of the page," wrote Sonya Hartnett. Students in the La Trobe are never prisoners of the La Trobe.