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Discover the Library’s unique history and explore our constantly changing, world-class exhibitions. Use our tools and guides to search our amazing historical collections of more than two million books, pictures, newspapers, maps and more – or explore our constantly expanding digitised collections. Let your curiosity run free.
Our collection includes ephemera, artworks, audio and video files, digitised copies of works, music scores, books and more. Use our catalogue search to filter your search from the first click and get to the content you need quickly. You can search for a specific format, date range or locate only those items that are immediately available - on the shelves or online. You can download digital files of many collection items, and order digital copies of others.
From advertising posters and vintage postcards to maps, architectural drawings and an ever-expanding album of photos, the fascinating stories of our shared past are here for you to explore in high-resolution.
Compare the contemporary and the historical, in black-and-white and colour. Discover Melbourne streetscapes and gardens, family portraits, fashion and food. And see people at work, home and play across Victoria.
Best of all, you can download any of these images and create your own story.
Dive in to our sparkling new image pool and see Victoria's history brought to life in more than 170,000 amazing historical images – now including maps and architectural drawings.
All images in this search pool are out of copyright and not culturally sensitive. (Search the catalogue to see our full image collection.)
Explore a rich selection of content, from the latest health research to back issues of Vogue, and all subjects in between.
Fill your ereader with an exciting array of free nonfiction ebooks, with 50 topic categories to choose from.
View corrected newspaper articles that reveal hidden details from Victoria's past.
Browse our latest selection of ebooks to read online or download.
Visit exhibitions past and present, browse documents from Melbourne's birth or share experiences from WWI.
Hear insights from creators of zines and artist books in our 'Self-made' exhibition audios.
Hear from our expert teams and discover the intriguing insights their collections reveal.