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News blog

Condolence books containing thousands of messages to families affected by the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy are now housed within the State Library of Victoria. Following t... 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

I’m very pleased to welcome our September guest blogger and fellow librarian, David Flegg. David is an ex AFL umpire and one of the Library’s resident sporting gurus. W... More


Arts blog

You’ll have to excuse me while I celebrate an important birthday….. Happy birthday Jean Philippe Rameau, born September 25, 1683, in Dijon, France, and destined to beco... More

Such was life

Such was life blog

Melbourne is routinely depicted as a sport loving city with our devotion to Australian Rules football characterised as an obsession. The writer George Johnston, author of the novel... More

Read alert

Read alert blog

The Inky Awards are for the best new young adult books, as voted for by teen readers. The Centre for Youth Literature is extremely proud to announce the 2014 Inky Awards shortlist.... More

Inside a dog residence

Inside a dog

Let's start the party with PRIZES! Congratulations to the winners of the Spark giveaway: rotanrm TriSARAHtops YRHayle read more... More

Inside a dog news

Inside a dog

Here it is! Here it is! The last of the exclusive interviews with this year's shortlisted Inky Awards interviews! Are you ready? Are you set? Have you decided on your favourite? Re... More