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Family History & Newspaper services, Easter & Anzac Day hours
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People viewing pictures in the Cowen Gallery
Victorian Historical Journal
Now digitised from 1911 to 2010
Map of provincial Victoria, 1853
FREE EXHIBITION  Celebrate the magical, imaginative world of children’s picture books
Illustration of a boy riding on a gorilla with the text 'Once Upon a Time'
Now showing Marvel at unforgettable images of classical and baroque Rome by Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Illustration of a classical statue on a yellow background with words 'Rome: Piranesi's Vision'
School holiday chess Become a chess master with expert advice from a state champion chess coach!
Photo of a giant chess set on the forecourt of the library
WORLD-FIRST EXHIBITION  Discover the story behind Les Misérables
Image of Cosette from Les Misérables
Family History & Newspapers The Family History & Newspapers room is now open in the NE Courtyard
Black and white photo of a father reading the newspaper with his 3 children

What's on this week

Photo of a giant chess set on the forecourt of the library
  • Thursday 17 April 2014, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Library forecourt
Children drawing with crayons ©Andrew Lloyd
  • Thursday 17 April 2014, 10:30am - 12:00pm
  • Meet in front foyer
Audience in canvas deckchairs are absorbed in a film at Experimedia, State Library of Victoriato
  • Thursday 17 April 2014, 6:00pm
  • Village Roadshow Theatrette