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Collective Isolation Project Week 11: Kitchen fads and fails

03 July 2020

From banana bread to sourdough starters, COVD-19 has seen us hone our kitchen skills over the past few months, so show us your favourite kitchen fads and fails.

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Collective Isolation Project, week 10: Language

26 June 2020

COVID-19 has brought many new and re-purposed words into our lexicon, so tell us the best new word you've heard in 2020!

Welcome Back to the Library

26 June 2020

State Library CEO Kate Torney opens the doors to some of our most popular spaces on site and online.

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Research essentials for secondary students

23 June 2020

Join us for an ongoing series of video tutorials teaching practical research skills to students in Years 7 to 10.

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Ask a Librarian

23 June 2020

Our wonderful librarians share fascinating insights into collection items and respond to your questions in this new video and blog series.

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Collecting Conversations

21 June 2020

Watch weekly instalments of Collecting Conversations, in which some of Victoria’s most interesting collectors discuss their love of objects and the stories they reveal about our lives.​

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Collective Isolation Project, week 9: Collective versus individual

19 June 2020

We'd like to hear which civil liberties you'd be willing to revoke, to get on with your old life.

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Collection care from home

18 June 2020

Find out how the Library's collection care team has spent their time during lockdown – when they've been physically distant from the items they usually care for!

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Our online collections

18 June 2020

Find out from expert librarians how to access the State Library's online databases, ebooks and other online resources.


17 June 2020

Share the delight of stories, songs, play and craft activities with your pre-schooler through our series of online Storytime videos!

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Story Talks: Davina Bell & Allison Colpoys

16 June 2020

Award-winning author/illustrator dueo Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys share their tips and tricks for turning ideas into picture books.

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Collective Isolation Project, week 8: Special occasions

12 June 2020

This week, tell us how you’ve overcome social distance or isolation to mark a significant life event.