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

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10 July 2020

Collective Isolation Project, week 12: Make, do & fix

Share the passion projects you've embarked on during the COVID-19 period – no matter whether you've completed or succeeded in your endeavours, we'd love to see your makes and mends!

A woman wearing a face mask places a 'Welcome' sign on a shop door
07 July 2020

The Policy Pitch: How Australia can recover from the COVID-19 crisis

Watch this Grattan Institute/State Library Victoria webinar on the policy agenda Australian governments should establish to deal with the COVID-19 shock.

03 July 2020

Collective Isolation Project, week 11: Kitchen fads & fails

From banana bread to sourdough starters, COVD-19 has seen us hone our kitchen skills over the past few months, so show us your favourite kitchen fads and fails.

26 June 2020

Welcome Back to the Library

State Library CEO Kate Torney opens the doors to some of our most popular spaces on site and online.

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26 June 2020

Collective Isolation Project, week 10: Language

COVID-19 has brought many new and re-purposed words into our lexicon, so tell us the best new word you've heard in 2020!

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24 June 2020

Our online collections

Find out from expert librarians how to access the State Library's online databases, ebooks and other online resources.

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21 June 2020

Collecting Conversations

Watch weekly instalments of Collecting Conversations, in which some of Victoria’s most interesting collectors discuss their love of objects and the stories they reveal about our lives.​

Eight men in white outfits support each other in a human pyramid
19 June 2020

Collective Isolation Project, week 9: Collective versus individual

We'd like to hear which civil liberties you'd be willing to revoke, to get on with your old life.

A mannequin wears a striking headress and a floor-length cloak
18 June 2020

Collection care from home

Find out how the Library's collection care team has spent their time during lockdown – when they've been physically distant from the items they usually care for!

Front cover of Australian Women's Weekly depicts a nurse cradling a newborn
12 June 2020

Collective Isolation Project, week 8: Special occasions

This week, tell us how you’ve overcome social distance or isolation to mark a significant life event.

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10 June 2020

Citizen Collectors' Toolkit

In this weekly video series, join one of the Library’s collection specialists to hear how they build and care for the State’s collection, and pick up tips for collecting at home.

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09 June 2020

Tech Tips Tuesdays

Watch our short, helpful videos to help you master the digital world - we'll cover everything from signing digital forms to taking great pictures with your smartphone!