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

A black and white photo of the Waiters' Race, Brunswick St Parade, Fringe Festival 1988.
30 September 2021

Melbourne Fringe is celebrating 40 years

Be a part of the narrative.

Black and white photo of a tall building
27 September 2021

A history of coffee in Melbourne

Discover the history of our city’s long-term affinity with the latte with curator Linda Short.

An open book with a play button on top
20 September 2021

The History of Marginalia: censorship

Learn about the historic practice of marginalia and the use of excessive censorship in an example found in the Library’s collection.

A black and white photo of a group of soldiers standing together on the HMS Kimberley.
16 September 2021

The unofficial World War II photographs of Alfred Huggins and Syd Grant

Learn about the impressive collection of images that document Australia’s involvement in the Greek campaign of 1941.

13 September 2021

Celebrating 700 years of Dante’s Divine comedy

Join our History of the Book and Arts librarians as they celebrate 700 years of Dante Alighieri and his great work.

Close up on cars and trucks on a busy road
10 September 2021

Webinar: net zero by 2050, will transport be a lifter or a leaner?

Watch our webinar where an expert panel discusses practical policies for lowering Australia's transport emissions.

An open book with a play button on top
06 September 2021

The History of Marginalia: medieval manuscripts

Learn about the historic practice of marginalia, and explore a medieval example found in the Library’s collection.

Woman standing amongst shelves of books
30 August 2021

The Library Files: exploring 52 kilometres of our collection

Come along for a whistle stop tour of State library Victoria’s off-site collection storage in Ballarat.

Black and white photo of people standing on a cliff face
23 August 2021

All aboard the (SL)V-line

For nearly six months, the Library has been ‘visiting’ a different town in regional Victoria every Wednesday through the imaginary locomotive (SL)V-line.

Woman standing in front of a table with maps on it
23 August 2021

Treasures of the Library: the first map of Melbourne's CBD

Discover early nineteenth century Melbourne through two special items from our Robert Russell collection.

Two women laugh at a service desk in an art gallery
17 August 2021

Ask a Librarian

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

Close up on cars and trucks on a busy road
11 August 2021

The Policy Pitch reading list: net-zero by 2050, will transport be a lifter or a leaner?

Learn more about the practical policies for reducing Australia's transport emissions with this curated reading list.