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Discover curiosities, treasures and the latest inspiring stories from our community and inside the Library

Two women laugh at a service desk in an art gallery
27 October 2020

Ask a Librarian

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

Woman and child reading a book together
26 October 2020

Baby Bounce

Watch these fun, interactive videos of stories, songs and rhymes – for children aged 18 months and under, their parents and carers.

Astrid edwards
22 October 2020

Afternoon Tea & Talk

Catch up on our series hosted by Astrid Edwards in conversation with writers and authors.

A crowd of onlookers at a football game
22 October 2020

Local football over the decades

We've scoured our digital collections for the best and rarest images of local football over the century.

22 October 2020


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

Headshot of Erik Jensen on grey and black background
21 October 2020

2020 Stephen Murray-Smith Memorial Lecture: Erik Jensen, The Man with No Face

Erik Jensen delivers a powerful lecture that explores how political systems impact the lives of individuals.

A single row boat floats down a flooded Melbourne street
15 October 2020

The day Melbourne went underwater

Our latest From the Vault video offers an extraordinary glimpse into our city, underwater, during the 'Great Flood' of 1891.

Woman with pink hair smiling next to cover of book
12 October 2020

Julianne Negri Story Talks

In this three-part series author Julianne Negri ensnares the senses and lets your imagination run wild with creative reading and writing activities.

Black and white photo of two horses in front of a tram
08 October 2020

The horse-powered trams of 19th century Melbourne

In our latest video of the From the Vault series, we bring you some rarely-seen photos of Melbourne's earliest public transport.

Black and white photo of six men and two horses standing by a large tree
01 October 2020

A grandstand in the middle of Beech Forest

An Ask a Librarian query unearthed a very wacky racecourse in the middle of a forest!

A mechanical home-made old radio
28 September 2020

Creative Tech Fridays

Calling all creators, makers and podcasters: learn the skills to take your project to the next level!

Black and white photo of two young children
25 September 2020

A rare photo series showing the Melbourne slums of the 1930s

The first video in our brand new series, From the Vault, provides a rare glimpse into the slums of Melbourne 100 years ago.