Immerse yourself in social history, art and shared Australian memories by viewing our image galleries.
- Free, secular and democratic
Explore the story of the Library’s first 60 years with these rarely viewed works from our Free, secular and democratic: building the Public Library 1853–1913 exhibition.
- Enchanted dome
Wander through artistic and literary representations of the Library's beloved domed reading room, as featured in our Enchanted dome exhibition.
Enjoy a taste of our Gusto! exhibition with these evocative images of iconic foods, significant culinary figures, vintage advertisements and more.
- Love and devotion
Discover illustrated Persian manuscripts and rare editions of European literature from our Love and devotion exhibition.
- As modern as tomorrow
View the work of Melbourne's best postwar photographers, as featured in our exhibition As modern as tomorrow.
- Cowen Gallery
See Victoria's history come to life with colonial and modern artworks drawn from the Cowen Gallery collection.
Explore the world of children's books with these images by Australian illustrators, drawn from the Look! exhibition.
- Rennie Ellis: famous & infamous
These shots, mostly taken in the 1970s and '80s, capture famous figures in their element, at work and at play.
- Melbourne's cup: 150 years
Celebrate 150 years of the Melbourne Cup with pictures from our rich and eclectic collection.
- Victoria 175
Discover pictures and other items that have a connection with early Melbourne, drawn from our Victoria 175 exhibition.
- Rennie Ellis: everyday people
From footy fans to sharpies, salesgirls to senior citizens, glimpse the diverse social history Ellis documented.
- 'til you drop
Meander through Melbourne's shopping past with these images from the 'til you drop exhibition.
- The Anzac spirit
Explore these remarkable images of Anzac soldiers at sea, in the trenches, performing daily chores and at leisure.
- The medieval imagination
See the glorious beauty of selected medieval manuscripts up close. From our 2008 exhibition The medieval imagination.
- Victorians on vacation
Discover how our holiday habits have changed with these vintage posters, postcards and photos. From our Victorians on vacation exhibition.