Explore our blogs for the latest news, opinions and behind-the-scenes details. Our staff and special guest bloggers write about the Library, family history, the arts and youth literature.

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News blog

Victor Hugo: Les Misérables – From Page to Stage, a world-first exhibition and the biggest ever staged by the State Library of Victoria, is now open. The exhibition explores the 19... 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

Bookings for the annual Family History Feast event hosted by the State Library of Victoria open on Monday 14 July 2014. The eleventh Family History Feast  will be held at the Libra... More


Arts blog

I knew that my post on dogs in art would trigger a feline response….. Spend any time on the internet and you could be forgiven for thinking everyone likes cats and they alway... More

Such was life

Such was life blog

Wondering what the cab fare rate was in Melbourne in 1973? Or the opening hours of St Paul’s Cathedral in 1911? Or where must imported explosives be unloaded in 1925?  Melbou... More

Read alert

Read alert blog

It’s that time again on the youth literature calendar – Reading Matters 2015 is in production! Reading Matters is a national celebration of youth literature taking the ... More

Inside a dog residence

Inside a dog

Confession: I have crushes on fictional characters. Whether they’re from books, TV or movies, I’ve exclaimed ‘I love this guy’ over plenty of made-up chaps (Hi, Randy Taylor!). Som... More

Inside a dog news

Inside a dog

There's a new trailer for the movie adaptation of Gayle Forman's If I Stay, and oh gosh... I'm a little bit wrecked. Make sure you've got the tissue box and someone, or someth... More