Collaborations and affiliations

We collaborate widely with our fellow arts sector agencies and with government to develop collective economies and knowledge-sharing strategies.

Our ongoing relationships with educational institutions, associations, and public and international libraries also play an invaluable role in extending the services we can offer to the Victorian public. 

Our partnerships with Australian academic institutions include the provision of the annual Redmond Barry fellowship with the University of Melbourne, ongoing publishing activities with Melbourne University Press and numerous partnership activities with Monash University.

Internationally, we worked closely with the Bodleian Libraries at Oxford University to craft the extraordinarily successful Love and devotion exhibition. Our world-first Victor Hugo: Les Misérables – From Page to Stage exhibition involved the support of the Bibliotèque nationale de France in Paris along with numerous other significant partners.

We have a reciprocal exchange program with the Nanjing Library in China, and a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Library Board of Singapore.

At a national level the Library is an active member of National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA), and together with Digital New Zealand we are a leading contributor to Trove.

Closer to home, we work closely with the Public Libraries Victoria Network (PLVN) to constantly improve the library experience for Victorian residents. We provide professional development opportunities and travelling programs, and collaborate on initiatives such as Summer Read to extend the capacity and resources of PLVN members.

The School Library Association of Victoria (SLAV) is a key partner in our development and delivery of educational and professional development programs.

The Library also partners with government departments on a range of projects – including the digitisation of the Victoria Government Gazette 1836–1997; FUSE, a DEECD initiative; and Family History Feast. The latter, which coincides with National Family History Week, is a family historian’s dream – bringing together the formidable historical resources of Public Record Office Victoria, National Archives of Australia (Victorian office), Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, and the Immigration Museum. 

The Library also works with the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria (HTAV) to develop and implement programs to bring Victoria’s history to new generations of young Victorians.