Rows of items in State Library Victoria's current storage facility.

Builder announced for $21.4m State Library storage facility

August 29, 2017


Local tradespeople will be the winners when work begins next month on a second state-of-the-art storage facility for State Library Victoria in Mount Helen near Ballarat.

Girl and Dog in Supermarkert, Toorak Rd. c.1970. New acquisition. Photo by Rennie Ellis.

Renegades, rock stars and regular people find a home at State Library Victoria

August 18, 2017


State Library Victoria has acquired over 60,000 images by the late maverick photographer Rennie Ellis. Best known for his fly-on-the-wall photography of celebrities, models, nightclubs and Australian suburbia, Ellis was… Read More ›

Newly digitised works on paper

Newly digitised works on paper

August 16, 2017

Arts & literature, Such was life:

After ten years, the Library’s Works on Paper project has resulted in the digitisation of more than 11,000 original drawings, prints and watercolours, creating an extraordinary archive of unique Victorian artworks.

Exploring galaxies and rare books for National Science Week

Exploring galaxies and rare books for National Science Week

August 14, 2017

Our stories:

From a first edition of Newton’s Principia Mathematica (1632) to the first Star Atlas ever produced (1729), the Library’s collection contains a number of early astronomical books.

Tom, Melanie and Natalie are part of the Scanning Studio team

Farewell Bookeye 5: 2007–2017

August 8, 2017


This year marks the retirement of ‘Bookeye 5’, one of the original overhead book scanners used for large scale digitising projects in the Library’s Scanning Studio.

Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison, I think all the world is falling (detail), 2017

Looped opens in the Dome

August 7, 2017


The Dome was already one of the most beautiful rooms in Melbourne and now it’s even more so.

State Library Victoria announces 2017 Fellowship recipients

State Library Victoria announces 2017 Fellowship recipients

July 28, 2017


Recipients of 15 State Library Victoria Fellowships worth a total of $200,000 were announced today.

A sketch of Jane Austen by her sister Cassandra (c.1810). Source: Wikimedia Commons

Austen’s appeal: how Jane Austen went from anonymous to acclaimed

July 18, 2017

Our stories:

Jane Austen transcends time. Her work critiques 18th century England but it remains compelling to contemporary readers. Her terrific characters, realism, and her sense of irony and humour have earned Austen critical acclaim and a wide audience, inspiring countless readers and writers. All that for a writer who spent her entire writing career anonymous.

Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison, A deck of salvaged relatives (detail), 2015

Punk, politics and art on show in new exhibition at State Library Victoria

July 18, 2017


Self-made: zines and artist books is a new exhibition showcasing the eclectic world of independent publishing, from exquisite handmade artist books to radical low-fi zines, opening at State Library Victoria on 11 August.

ABC, 2015

New Sights and Sounds : Countdown, Bodyguard & more Thoroughly Modern selections.

July 13, 2017

Arts, Music:

Some great new arrivals in Arts include latest releases in opera, ballet, pop, rock, classical music, musical theatre and film soundtracks in various audio and video formats such as CD, DVD, Blu-Ray and online database.… Read More ›

Such was life

Ruth Hollick and early Australian fashion photography

Ruth Hollick and early Australian fashion photography

August 30, 2017 1 comment

Ruth Hollick is noted for her portraits of children and of Melbourne society’s elite as well as creating some of the earliest known fashion photographs in Australia.


Chung Ling Soo, the Marvellous Chinese Conjurer ALMA 93.2/34

The life and death of master magician Chung Ling Soo

September 20, 2017 0 comments

Magician William Ellsworth Robinson left behind his plain name and New York background and reinvented himself as the Chung Ling Soo, the Marvellous Chinese Conjurer, complete with an exotically imaginative and fictitious life story, In the great days of vaudeville he achieved world fame and in 1909 embarked on a wildly successful tour of Australia and New Zealand. A decade later, still at the height of his career, Chung Ling Soo was mortally wounded on stage undertaking his sensational bullet catch trick.