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An aged, yellowing manuscript of ornate script
03 September 2020

The oldest items in our collection

Kate Torney introduces two priceless items showcased in our 'World of the book' exhibition: the oldest item and the oldest book in our collection!

Men and women with 1960s outfits and hairstyles enjoy a drink at a bar
28 August 2020

Collective Isolation Project, week 19: Social activities

As we creak into the halfway point of lockdown, we ask you to share the social activities that you most look forward to resuming when restrictions ease.

A woman smiles as she leans over an old wooden chair and desk
27 August 2020

Dome furniture

Kate Torney gives us an up-close peek at the dome's well-worn furniture which manages to be both charming and functional after more than 100 years!

6 weeks 6 issues
21 August 2020

6 weeks, 6 issues

Catch up on all six episodes of our weekly online talk series, moderated by Kate Torney, where we hear from experts directly involved in planning Victoria's post-COVID recovery.

A man with a big beard and hair receives a trim while three other men look on smiling
21 August 2020

Collective Isolation Project, week 18: Iso hair

What's up top? Share photos of your best, your worst and your craziest hairstyles and haircuts during lockdown!

A woman in a white dress stand beside a painting of a scorched landscape
20 August 2020

Favourites from the Cowen Gallery

Join Kate Torney as she shares the stories behind three paintings in the Cowen Gallery, all linked by the theme of fire.

A woman feeds a man a cracker as they play records on a turntable
14 August 2020

Collective Isolation Project, week 17: Electric dreams

During lockdown, we've come to depend on technology – tell us about the technology that you're most grateful for right now.

Fingers scroll through index cards in an old-fashioned library card catalogue
13 August 2020

The card catalogue

Follow Kate Torney down to the Library catacombs to marvel at the beauty and ingenuity of our old card catalogue – the Google of the 1800s!

Policy Pitch August 2020
12 August 2020

The Policy Pitch: Female workforce participation

Hear a panel discussion on the changes in workplaces, families and government policies that would help expand choices for Australian women.

Signposts with Alexis Wright
12 August 2020

Signposts: stories for our fragile times

Join award-winning novelist Alexis Wright in conversation with some of Australia's leading writers as they explore the power of creativity, literature and imagination in times of crisis.

Portraits of five authors
07 August 2020

Five top tips for Melbourne Writers Festival 2020

Melbourne Writers Festival Associate Director Gene Smith shares his MWF 2020 top five, handpicked for State Library Victoria.

A young woman looks fondly at the dog she's holding
07 August 2020

Collective Isolation Project, week 16: Furry companions

Our devoted pets have always been there for us 24/7 – share your pet pictures and tell us how has your relationship with your pet(s) has changed during lockdown.