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News blog

The State Library will be transformed into a piece of Italy this Sunday at the free Viva l’Italia! family day. The Italian festival is inspired by the Library’s latest exhibi... More

Dome 100

Dome Centenary news blog

Why was Australia's first public library known, somewhat formidably, as 'the Institution'? Free, secular & democratic curator Harriet Edquist talks to Radio National's Julian M... More

Family matters

Family matters blog

Please note that the temporary Genealogy and Newspaper Room will close at 6pm on Sunday 13 April. The combined Family History (Genealogy) and Newspaper services will reopen at 10am... More


Arts blog

 Rock country : the sounds, bands, fans, fun & other stuff that happened: edited by Christian Ryan “Sex lessons from Bon Scott. Scary encounter with Chrissy Amphlett. On ... More

Such was life

Such was life blog

The cyclorama emerged in the 1700s and became a popular form of entertainment at the turn of the 20th century before cinema rendered the genre obsolete. Essentially the same as the... More

Read alert

Read alert blog

This morning the Children’s Book Council of Australia announced the 2014 shortlists and notables in each of the categories. Early Childhood Eve Pownall Younger Reader Older R... More

Inside a dog residence

Inside a dog

Out there in the big, bad world of moviemaking, no one will read your script unless it looks like a script. There are some pretty strict rules on how a script should be formatted,... More

Inside a dog news

Inside a dog

  I have no words, only tears. For maximum feels, I do, do, do recommend reading the book (by Gayle Forman) before the movie hits the big screens. read more... More