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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.

Erica Wagner Awarded the Dromkeen Medal For Children’s Literature

Thursday 30 November 2017

State Library Victoria today awarded the 2017 Dromkeen Medal to esteemed editor and publisher Erica Wagner.

The Dromkeen Medal was founded in 1982 by Joyce Oldmeadow to honour outstanding contributions to Australian children’s literature. It has since been awarded to 35 prominent Australian writers, illustrators, editors, publishers and booksellers.

A year of records for Australia’s most popular state library

Monday 25 September 2017

Record crowds attended State Library Victoria last financial year with more than two million visits to the Swanston Street landmark, making it the busiest state library in Australia and one of the most visited libraries in the world.

Renegades rock stars and regular people find a home at State Library Victoria

Friday 18 August 2017

State Library Victoria has acquired over 60,000 images by the late maverick photographer Rennie Ellis. Best known for his fly-on-the-wall photography of celebrities, models, nightclubs and Australian suburbia, Ellis was the social documentarian of an era, capturing every slice of Australian life over a thirty-year period.