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Make a bequest

Are you one of the many thousands of Victorians who used State Library Victoria to complete your studies, research your family history, write your masterpiece or devise your business plan?

Then we are calling on you to consider State Library Victoria in your will.

Through a bequest or living legacy (where you donate to the Library during your lifetime), your planned gift can make a substantial contribution to support the Library’s collections, conservation work, free programming and free exhibitions – for now and for future generations.

Your planned gift can be a percentage of your estate, a monetary endowment, specific assets or income through a trust.

Watch the video above (or click here to watch it on Youtube) for an example of how one bequest benefits regional Victorians and enables the Library to preserve one of Australia's largest collections of theatre programs.

Whether you are ready to make a gift or would like to explore potential options, we welcome the opportunity to meet with you.

Your inquiry will be treated with discretion and any information you provide will be treated confidentially and in accordance with our privacy statement.

When you make a gift in your will, we recommend seeking independent professional advice from a financial advisor or solicitor.

Please see our suggested wording for different forms of testamentary gifts that you can discuss with your solicitor.

Everyone who advises us of their intention to make a bequest will be honoured with a membership to the Redmond Barry Society.

Named in honour of the Library’s founder, Sir Redmond Barry, the Society was established to recognise and acknowledge our community of bequestors with special invitations to exclusive events.

For more information

If a bequest is subject to any conditions, discussions with our Philanthropy Manager can assist in determining whether the Library is able to fulfill your wishes.

For more information, please contact us on (03) 8664 7589 or [email protected].