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Media centre

Welcome to our media centre, where you can read the latest information on events and activities at the Library or browse our archive of past media releases.

Photo opportunities and interviews can be arranged with our collection experts and Library staff. For further information, please contact Natalie Silber on 03 8664 7325 / 0413 256 516 or Tiffany Simon on 03 8664 7278 / 0431 805 756. You can also send an email to

The Library's impressive galleries and spaces can be hired as unique locations for films, advertisements or television programs. To discuss your requirements, please contact our venue hire team on 03 8664 7291.

Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond now open

Friday 09 March 2012

Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond was developed by the State Library of Victoria in partnership with the Bodleian Libraries and University of Oxford. It is the largest exhibition of illustrated Persian manuscripts in Australia’s history.

Centre for Youth Literature turns 21

Tuesday 28 February 2012

This year, the Centre for Youth Literature will celebrate 21 years of engaging young people aged ten to 18 years in reading, and connecting them with a wonderful world of writers, stories and inspiring events. 

Ned Kelly’s armour returns to State Library of Victoria

Thursday 11 August 2011

Ned Kelly’s armour has returned home to the State Library of Victoria after six months as the key attraction in the National Museum of Australia’s exhibition, Not Just Ned: A true history of the Irish in Australia.

State Library acquires The Times of London digital archive

Tuesday 19 July 2011

The State Library of Victoria Foundation is pleased to announce the success of its public appeal to raise funds for the purchase of The Times Digital Archive, one of the world’s most significant digital newspaper records. 

Ned Kelly’s armour off to National Museum

Friday 25 February 2011

Ned Kelly's armour is leaving the State Library of Victoria today bound for Canberra where it will be displayed in the National Museum of Australia's exhibition Not Just Ned: A true history of the Irish in Australia.

Turn off the TV and pick up a book this Summer

Tuesday 28 September 2010

The State Library of Victoria's Summer Read is on again and this year. It’s time to turn off the TV and pick up one of the 10 great Victorian books featured in this summer's program.