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State Library celebrates 160 years of serving Victoria

State Library celebrates 160 years of serving Victoria

February 11, 2016

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Today State Library Victoria celebrates 160 years since first opening to the public on 11 February 1856. It is Australia’s oldest free public library and the nation’s busiest with nearly 1.8 million visitors a year.

Rubble remains after shelling of Abbey Street and Sackville Street (O’Connell Street), Keogh Brothers, 1916, courtesy National Library of Ireland

Melbourne to commemorate Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising

February 8, 2016

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State Library Victoria and the University of Melbourne partner to commemorate the centenary of Ireland’s historic 1916 Easter Rising and its effect on Australia during a time of war.

Colour our collections

Colour our collections

February 1, 2016

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This week, libraries, galleries and museums across the world will be sharing some of their favourite collections for you to get colourful with on Instagram.

Call for 2016 Fellowship applications

Call for 2016 Fellowship applications

February 1, 2016

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Artists, performers, writers, historians, filmmakers, scholars and thinkers are encouraged to apply for a prestigious State Library Victoria Fellowship.

Old Tom by Leigh Hobbs. Copyright: Leigh Hobbs.

Kids’ big book spectacular coming soon

January 28, 2016

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There are just two weeks to go until the inaugural Kids’ big book spectacular at the Library, a day of free family fun to celebrate the wonderful world of children’s literature and illustration.

Rare 17th-century works acquired

Rare 17th-century works acquired

December 15, 2015

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A selection of rare 17th-century English Civil War pamphlets have been acquired for the State Library’s Emmerson collection. The 33 pamphlets were purchased using funds bequeathed by John Emmerson to support ongoing additions to his exceptional collection of early printed English books.

1970s photos of Fitzroy and Castlemaine now online

1970s photos of Fitzroy and Castlemaine now online

December 3, 2015

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Thanks to the many generous supporters of our 2014 public appeal, we have recently made hundreds of never-before-seen historic photographs of Fitzroy and Castlemaine available online.

Richard Flanagan appointed Australia’s inaugural Chair of Literature

Richard Flanagan appointed Australia’s inaugural Chair of Literature

November 4, 2015

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Internationally acclaimed Australian author Richard Flanagan has been appointed as the Boisbouvier Founding Chair of Australian Literature at the University of Melbourne, the first chair of its kind in Australia.

Andy Griffiths in the State Library's Dome for the Children's Book Festival.

Andy Griffiths awarded the 2015 Dromkeen Medal

October 29, 2015

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State Library Victoria today awarded the 2015 Dromkeen Medal to Australia’s bestselling children’s author Andy Griffiths. The Library also presented this year’s Dromkeen Librarian’s Award to Rosario Martinez, the Children’s and Youth Services Librarian at the City of Darwin.

Designers sought for State Library Vision 2020 Redevelopment

Designers sought for State Library Vision 2020 Redevelopment

October 19, 2015

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An Expression of Interest for a Design Consultant team has been released for the $83 million State Library Victoria Vision 2020 redevelopment project, the Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley has announced.