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

A sheet containing small round scouts badges
15 May 2020

Collective Isolation Project, week 4: Acts of kindness

This week we ask you to design a badge rewarding an act of kindness.

A woman wearing blue plastic gloves paints a sunflower
12 May 2020

Inside the Preservation studio

Come inside the Preservation studio for a sneak peek at preservation technician Savina Hopkins' work – which includes fashioning intricate boxes for our Vali Myers archive.

Old postcard embroidered with a military badge
08 May 2020

Collective Isolation Project, week 3: Staying connected

This week we ask you to compose a message to someone you're missing during this period of isolation.

A woman with a scalpel gently prods some historic documents
06 May 2020

Inside the Conservation lab

Join us as our paper conservator Marika Kocsis takes us inside the Conservation lab at State Library Victoria.

29 April 2020

Collective Isolation Project, week 2: What have you learned from home?

In the second week of The Collective Isolation Project, we ask you to share a story about how and what you've learned at home.

Black and white photographs from the 1940s including weddings and servicemen
27 April 2020

Tips for taking photos for Memory Bank

Read our top ten tips for taking great photos for our Memory Bank: Collective Isolation Project.

24 April 2020

Collective Isolation Project, week 1: What's in your fridge?

Contribute to the first week of our Collective Isolation Project by sending us an inventory of your fridge.

Screengrab from a video showing photos being handled
23 April 2020

Inside the Digitisation lab

Venture into the Library's digitisation lab to find out what's in a day's work for our intrepid photographer, Ross Genat.

Three ebooks lined up beside one another
21 April 2020

Top 20 ebooks in April

Wondering which of our 200,000-plus ebooks are leaping off the virtual shelves? Here are our 20 most popular titles.

15 April 2020

Andy Griffiths on why libraries change lives

Watch bestselling author Andy Griffiths share his love of stories with young students – and reveal why he's so passionate about public libraries.

A marble foyer opens onto an interior space
09 April 2020

Take a virtual tour of the Library

The Library may be temporarily closed, but you can still visit our beautiful spaces from the comfort of your own home.

A man in uniform hands a letter to a small girl
06 April 2020

COVID-19 community collecting

Help us tell the story of this moment in time for future generations by collecting any community materials that relate to the COVID-19 pandemic.