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Black and white photo of a man holding up a glass of water
18 October 2021

‘Don’t pray for rain, dam it!’: A brief history of water conservation in Victoria

Senior Curator Linda Short turns to our recently re-imagined Changing face of Victoria exhibition for insight into the state’s relationship with water over the decades.

Open pages of a book with a play button on top
11 October 2021

Treasures of the Library: the magic of blow books

In this episode of Treasures of the Library, Senior Librarian Dominique Dunstan conjures up three examples of blow books from the WG Alma conjuring collection.

A 1648 book open showing the title and accompanying drawings
04 October 2021

The History of Marginalia: curator's pick

Learn about the historic practice of marginalia and Anna Welch's favourite example found in the Library’s collection.

A black and white photo of the Waiters' Race, Brunswick St Parade, Fringe Festival 1988.
30 September 2021

Melbourne Fringe is celebrating 40 years

Be a part of the narrative.

Black and white photo of a tall building
27 September 2021

A history of coffee in Melbourne

Discover the history of our city’s long-term affinity with the latte with curator Linda Short.

An open book with a play button on top
20 September 2021

The History of Marginalia: censorship

Learn about the historic practice of marginalia and the use of excessive censorship in an example found in the Library’s collection.

A black and white photo of a group of soldiers standing together on the HMS Kimberley.
16 September 2021

The unofficial World War II photographs of Alfred Huggins and Syd Grant

Learn about the impressive collection of images that document Australia’s involvement in the Greek campaign of 1941.

Two young children cutting up bits of paper
15 September 2021

Upcycle it with Paperazzi Kids

Get hands-on these spring holidays with this series of bite-sized videos designed to inspire and nourish growing minds.

13 September 2021

Celebrating 700 years of Dante’s Divine comedy

Join our History of the Book and Arts librarians as they celebrate 700 years of Dante Alighieri and his great work.

Close up on cars and trucks on a busy road
10 September 2021

Webinar: net zero by 2050, will transport be a lifter or a leaner?

Watch our webinar where an expert panel discusses practical policies for lowering Australia's transport emissions.

An open book with a play button on top
06 September 2021

The History of Marginalia: medieval manuscripts

Learn about the historic practice of marginalia, and explore a medieval example found in the Library’s collection.

Woman standing amongst shelves of books
30 August 2021

The Library Files: exploring 52 kilometres of our collection

Come along for a whistle stop tour of State library Victoria’s off-site collection storage in Ballarat.