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

On Thursday evening Lachlan Murdoch delivered the 2014 Keith Murdoch Oration at the State Library, an annual speech that honours his grandfather’s life and work. The oration raises... 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

Whether your ancestor was an actor, circus performer, magician or opera singer, the State Library holds a number of resources that can help you research your performing ancestors i... More


Arts blog

Anna Welch highlights another treasure recently put on display for our amusement and improvement…..   Currently on display in Mirror of the World is a 1570 English editi... More

Such was life

Such was life blog

In 1884 Melbourne’s first tramway- a horse tramway in Fairfield- was built to promote land sales in the area (100 years of Melbourne’s trams, pg 1). Two horses pulled a... More

Read alert

Read alert blog

The Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria today announced the winners of 2014 Inky Awards – Australia’s only national teen choice literary prize. The Gold In... More

Inside a dog residence

Inside a dog

I had waited months for Wednesday evening to arrive, because John Marsden was coming to launch my book! Not only was John Marsde... More

Inside a dog news

Inside a dog

I got to cuddle up to some authors and listen to them talk all about me! And you. (But mostly me.) I like it. read more... More