Become a Library member

Library membership is free, and you can sign up for a Library card online.

As a Library member, you can access over two million books, photos, artworks, documents, maps, manuscripts and more when you visit State Library Victoria. Members can also log in to thousands of online databases, journals, magazines, ebooks and newspapers from around the world.

While the rarity of our collection means that you are not able to borrow items, you can browse many popular and recently published books and journals in our public reading rooms, and many items are available for interlibrary loan.

Join a vibrant and engaged community of more than 60,000 active library users. You can enjoy a range of member-only benefits, programs and services by signing up now.

Watch our video to learn more about Library membership benefits.

Library membership benefits

Full database access from home (Victorian residents only)

Library members have free online access to thousands of online databases, journals, newspapers, magazines and ebooks.



Order digital copies and extracts

Library members can log in and use our digital online copying service. You can order digital copies and extracts of Library collection items from any location, at any time.

Access more of the collection

Only a small fraction of the Library's extensive collection is available on the shelves. To access the significant portion of the collection that is not on the shelves, including books, journals, newspapers, music, images, maps, manuscripts and more, you need to be a Library member.

Extra search options

Library members can log in and save searches, provide comments and tags, and share searches with other members.

You can become a Library member online or by phoning 03 8664 7004; membership renewals can be made over the phone or in response to an email. If you provide your email address when you become a member, we will send you a courtesy email four weeks before your Library card expires to ask if you'd like to renew it. You can choose to receive your Library card by post or pick it up in person.

We also process memberships and provide Library cards on the spot – see a member of staff at our Customer Service Point at Level 2 (ground), near the foyer entrance. Please bring proof of your identity and Victorian address.