Celebrating 30,000 maps and plans digitised at the Library

Celebrating 30,000 maps and plans digitised at the Library

December 6, 2021

Collection, News:

In recognition of a recent significant milestone, we’re exploring some highlights of our substantial Maps Collection.

La Trobe Reading Room, State Library Victoria

A poem for the dome

November 25, 2021


Writer, poet and broadcaster Alicia Sometimes has penned a touching poem dedicated to the La Trobe Reading Room.

Stuart Macintyre, courtesy of Melbourne University Publishing

Vale Professor Stuart Forbes Macintyre, AO

November 24, 2021

Announcements, News:

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing this week of eminent historian and Friend of the Library, Cultural member and former Library Board member Professor Stuart Forbes Macintyre, AO.

Vale Sir James Gobbo, AC, CVO, QC.

Vale Sir James Gobbo, AC, CVO, QC.

November 9, 2021

Announcements, News:

State Library Victoria is saddened by the passing of Sir James Gobbo, AC, CVO, QC., 25th Governor of Victoria.

Spooky stories from the Library

Spooky stories from the Library

October 29, 2021


In celebration of the spooky season, we asked staff at the Library to share some eerie, mysterious and spine-chilling tales from their years, and sometimes decades, walking its historic halls.

Melting Moments, 2021. The Huxleys, photographer. This work is in copyright.

Collecting during a closure

October 15, 2021

About us, News:

The doors to the Library building may be closed, but our extensive and diverse collection is continuing to grow thanks to the work of our talented librarians.

Dante 700: an Australian story

Dante 700: an Australian story

September 13, 2021

Collection, Rare Books & Arts:

To mark the 700th anniversary of the death of italian poet Dante Alighieri, we’re taking a look at the illustrative interpretations of his work by Australian artists.

Science for Preschoolers

Science for Pre-schoolers on fostering curiosity in children

September 9, 2021

Events, News:

We interviewed co-founder Joelle about what to expect from Playdate at the Library this spring, and how scientific thinking can help kids develop important life skills.

The Wardian case by Luke Keogh

Book extract: The Wardian case by Luke Keogh

September 6, 2021

Announcements, News:

Read an edited extract from previous fellow Luke Keogh’s award-winning book The Wardian case: how a simple box moved plants and changed the world.

Luke Keogh at the National Wool Museum

In conversation: curator and historian Luke Keogh

August 25, 2021

Collection, News:

Previous Redmond Barry fellow Luke Keogh’s latest book details a fascinating untold story in natural history, and was recently shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s History Award.