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Search & discover

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.

Catalogue search Advanced Search

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.

Learn more about finding, requesting & deliveries from the catalogue, including current collection retrieval times.

Explore our digital image pool

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.

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