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Thank you to our 2020 donors

The support of donors over 2020 helped us build, conserve and share the Library’s collection and programs in what was an extraordinary year.

75% of our donations for the year went towards acquiring, preserving and conserving our vast and growing collection. Part of this work involved caring for the unique pen-and-ink drawings of the 19th century aboriginal artist Tommy McCrae, the fragile sketchbooks of Robert Russell, Melbourne’s first surveyor, and the precious architectural drawings of English Gothic Revival architect William Butterfield.

Next, 15% of the generous donations made in 2020 went towards inspiring and engaging young people, by expanding our programming including education and children’s activities.

Finally, the remaining 10% in donations went to other areas, including building our digital services to help support and connect with our community online.

Watch the video above to see the former CEO of State Library Victoria, Kate Torney thank donors for their extraordinary generosity. Learn more about the important impact of these donations on the work and programs of State Library Victoria throughout 2020.

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