Rare Books Librarian, Jan McDonald, reveals her two favourite volumes of botanical illustrations from the early 19th century.
History & politics53Collection insights44Exhibitions36Australian history32Artists & writers30art26Family History Feast24Culture18Popular culture18art & design18world of the book17printmaking15WWI14literature14architecture14Family history14war13illustration13military13Big ideas under the dome13world of the book12performance12State Library Victoria12Australian history11Rome: Piranesi's vision11children's books11Giovanni Battista Piranesi11books11family history feast10rare books9History of the book8creative fellows8family history7Writing the war7music7human rights7creative fellows7digital technology6artists' books6Foxcroft Lecture6literature6Library collections6cultural history6education6fellowships6library6library fellowships6poetry5Poetry Slam5Victorian history5Melbourne5WWII5Stephen Murray-Smith Memorial Lecture5social justice5author in conversation4Redmond Barry lecture4journalism4Multicultural history4Exhibition talks & tours4performance4artists and writers4library fellowships4foxcroft lecture4Library collections4indigenous people4author in conversation4culture4history4Making Public Histories3Artists' books3food3Collection insights3Environment3Redmond Barry Lecture3youth literature3poetry slam3storytelling3Don Grant Lecture3history of the book3literacy3gender issues3one object many stories3collections3Gusto!3persian manuscripts3genealogy3culinary history3exhibitions3foreign policy2India2Indigenous Australians2Ned Kelly2Fromelles2national security2Gallipoli2world war one2Journalism2art2rare books2spoken word2pop culture2food2design2music2Law2Indigenous people2book printing2books2Exhibitions & tours2fellowship2White Night2social justice2library fellows2State Library of Victoria2graphic design2family history records2health2interior design2diaries and manuscripts2australian literature2popular culture2web2
Browse our audio and video
Join librarian John Stevens for an overview of the Library's expansive collection of independently produced zines.
Listen to the 2015 Foxcroft lecture presented by Donald Kerr, discussing the libraries of three notable New Zealand book collectors.
Watch our lively panel discussion on the most interesting and challenging aspects of contemporary book design.
Barbara Brend on two of the world’s great illuminated manuscripts known as the ‘Khamsas’ or ‘Five Poems’.
See why Melbourne is a major centre for Australian printmaking and artists' books.
What are artists’ books and why are there so many in the Library’s Rare Printed collections?
Danger, book alert! In the age of the iPad, eBook and Kindle, are books dead?
- 2 of 2