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

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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.

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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.

Family History Research Guides
19 March 2020

Ebooks for family historians

We recommend a range of ebook titles to help with your family history research.

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12 March 2020

StartSpace: a coworking space at State Library Victoria

Watch a short video about our new coworking space, StartSpace.

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12 March 2020

Aun Ngo on StartSpace

On the eve of StartSpace memberships opening, Aun Ngo talks about why he's beyond excited about the Library's new coworking space and the opportunities it offers.

A boy and a girl read a book together on the couch
10 March 2020

Albert Ullin & the Little Bookroom

We pay tribute to Albert Ullin OAM, whose much-loved Little Bookroom shops sparked many Melbourne childrens' first encounters with books written especially for their age group.

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17 February 2020

Schools programs

Find out about the engaging learning experiences on offer in our Schools programs, which address Australia's falling literacy rates by fostering a love of reading from a young age.

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12 February 2020

Meet the kids who co-designed Pauline Gandel Children's Quarter

Meet some of the enthusiastic young members of our Children's Advisory Committee who helped design the Pauline Gandel Children's Quarter.

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06 February 2020

Kids talk about libraries

From the mouths of babes: children talk about what libraries mean to them (prepare to be startled!).

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19 December 2019

Revealing The Ian Potter Queen's Hall

Watch the stunning transformation of the Library's original 1856 reading room into the majestic The Ian Potter Queen's Hall.

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17 December 2019

One object many stories: The Ashes

Listen to a fascinating talk on the stories and significance of cricket's 'sacred soot'.

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06 December 2019

Our new spaces are now open

Watch the grand opening of our new spaces!