World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day

March 21, 2022

Collection, Collection spotlights, Events, Exhibitions:

If you listen to a poem, in any language, you understand it. Why?! Because it speaks the universal language of human emotion.

A close look at the Michael Abbott Collection

A close look at the Michael Abbott Collection

February 4, 2022

Exhibitions, Rare Books & Arts:

The internationally significant Michael Abbott Collection of South-East Asian manuscripts is now on display as part of the World of the book 2022 exhibition.

It’s a LEGO® world

It’s a LEGO® world

January 28, 2022

Events, Exhibitions, News:

It seems like LEGO bricks have been around forever, but in fact, they didn’t hit the market until 1949! Read on to discover more about LEGO’s amazing history …

Image courtesy Marylebone Cricket Club

State Library Victoria scores the Ashes Urn

March 14, 2019

Exhibitions, News:

The iconic Ashes Urn is leaving Lord’s Cricket Ground for only the third time in its 137-year history to feature in State Library Victoria’s brand new exhibition, ‘Velvet, Iron, Ashes’.

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.

Australia’s golden age of cycling

Australia’s golden age of cycling

July 20, 2018

Exhibitions, Our stories, People & professions:

Cheering echoed throughout the streets of Sydney in November 1937 as some 60,000 people gathered along the last 80 kilometres of Hubert Opperman’s epic trans-continental ride. Once as famous as cricketer Don Bradman, endurance cyclist ‘Oppy’ is currently featured in the Changing face of Victoria exhibition. Discover objects from his career, loaned to us by Museums Victoria.

Cremorne Gardens from South Side of Yarra nr Col- Andersons, ST Gill, 1855

On a visit to the Cremorne Gardens

June 13, 2018

Cities & towns, Exhibitions, People & professions:

Opened in 1853 on the banks of the Yarra River, the Cremorne Gardens was Melbourne’s first amusement park. Featuring fireworks displays, tightrope dancers and Australia’s first hot air balloon ascent, the gardens brought theatre and spectacle to the newly established British colony.

Nicolaus Copernicus, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the revolutions of celestial spheres), Basil, Ex officina Henricpetrina, 1566

Books that changed the world

April 24, 2018

Arts & literature, Exhibitions, Rare Books & Arts:

Some books alter the course of history; others have profoundly influenced the way we see ourselves. Books can change the wider world, and also change our personal worlds; no two… Read More ›

Curiouser and curiouser

Curiouser and curiouser

October 9, 2015

Collection, Exhibitions, News:

To mark the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s beloved children’s book, the first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is going on display in our free Mirror of the World exhibition.

Sa’di, Gulistan, State Library Victoria, folio 21

Persian treasures in Mirror of the World

June 26, 2015

Exhibitions, Rare Books & Arts, Visual arts:

Anna Welch introduces us to some beautiful Persian manuscripts currently on display in the Mirror of the World exhibition