Discover your transformed State Library

Discover your transformed State Library

October 3, 2018

Library services, News:

As well as opening new spaces and entrances at the Library, we’ve introduced new ways of interacting with Library staff, collections and services. Get to know your Library with this guide to what’s new.

Giant student artworks transform State Library

Giant student artworks transform State Library

October 16, 2018

Announcements, News:

Larger-than-life unicorns, futuristic creatures and vibrant flowers bring to life State Library Victoria’s facade with the unveiling of an artwork spanning 27 metres by RMIT student Caro Pattle.

New listening post sounds in Arts

New listening post sounds in Arts

October 11, 2018

Arts, Film, Music:

There are some great new arrivals in pop, rock, film soundtracks, opera and classical featuring the following additions to the Library’s music collection, currently showcased on our wonderful new listening posts in the Arts Reading Room.

Pyramids and Sphinx, Egypt, H2002.80/6

Travel guides for the discerning traveller

October 1, 2018

Our stories:

When you step outside your comfort zone to explore the world, suddenly a little book is the only safety blanket you’ve got. Whether the iconic red bindings of a Murray or Baedeker, or a dogeared Lonely Planet, travel guides have been clutched in the hands of discerning travellers the world over. Discover their varied forms in our collection.

The ancient art of bellringing

The ancient art of bellringing

October 1, 2018

Social life & customs, Such was life:

The ancient art of bellringing is harder than it looks. Bellringers require confidence and stamina, not to mention an excellent memory.

Banned books

Banned books

September 26, 2018

Arts & literature, Our stories:

Throughout history, when those in power have felt threatened by the ‘dangerous’ ideas contained in the pages of books, the offending books have been banned, stripped from shelves, and even burned. But censorship isn’t just a thing of the past. Take a look at prohibited and censored books, old and new.

Major $20,000 public art commission awarded to Melbourne artist, Tai Snaith

Major $20,000 public art commission awarded to Melbourne artist, Tai Snaith

September 21, 2018

Announcements, Exhibitions, News:

A large-scale public artwork by Melbourne artist Tai Snaith was unveiled inside the first of the new spaces officially opened as part of State Library Victoria’s $88.1 million redevelopment project.

Bookings open for online family history course

Bookings open for online family history course

September 20, 2018

Branching Out, Family matters:

Interested in researching your Victorian family history? Why not try our free online family history course Branching out.

Illustrated children’s books: Kay Nielsen (1886-1957)

Illustrated children’s books: Kay Nielsen (1886-1957)

September 10, 2018

Arts & literature, Our stories:

Kay Nielsen’s delicate illustrations combined the exquisite motifs of the Art Nouveau movement with oriental influences. The elaborate, decorative artworks bring brilliant colour tinged with a hint of eeriness to the pages of children’s fairy tales.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment South Pacific, c2008, c1992

New Sights: Australian classics and much more

September 10, 2018

Arts, Film, Musicals, Performing Arts:

Some great new arrivals in Arts include classic Australian movies, timeless musical favourites, live rock concerts and opera hits on DVD and Blu-Ray. The Dish. (DVD) They’re a Weird Mob. (DVD)… Read More ›

Such was life

The ancient art of bellringing

The ancient art of bellringing

October 1, 2018 11 comments

The ancient art of bellringing is harder than it looks. Bellringers require confidence and stamina, not to mention an excellent memory.

Arts

New listening post sounds in Arts

New listening post sounds in Arts

October 11, 2018 0 comments

There are some great new arrivals in pop, rock, film soundtracks, opera and classical featuring the following additions to the Library’s music collection, currently showcased on our wonderful new listening posts in the Arts Reading Room.