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.

New program to kickstart creative startups

New program to kickstart creative startups

June 7, 2018


Victorian creativity and business nous are set to combine with the announcement of Foundry658, a new Victorian Government business development program aimed to kickstart the next generation of creative and cultural businesses.

8 things students can do in the Library

8 things students can do in the Library

May 31, 2018

Library services, News:

Right now, everywhere you look in the Library, you’ll find students knuckling down for intensive study in the lead up to exams. Students make up one-third of our visitors, so we’ve put together this list with you in mind. We hope it helps you to find what you need (and maybe didn’t even know you needed) so that you can make it through this busy time.

Meet our new volunteer greeters

Meet our new volunteer greeters

May 23, 2018

News, Our stories:

Our greeters come from diverse backgrounds and have unique reasons for deciding to join the Library as volunteers. To celebrate National Volunteer Week, let us introduce you to four members of the first ever cohort!

Isabella Fraser Room design render

State Library Victoria named best specialty venue in Australia

May 11, 2018

Events, News:

State Library Victoria has been named one of Australia’s best venues by the events industry national peak body. The Library won the ‘best unique event venue without accommodation’ category at… Read More ›

Haruki Murakami viewing the iconic the Latrobe Reading Room.

Behind the scenes with a special guest, Haruki Murakami

April 27, 2018


State Library Victoria was delighted to host a special guest recently – internationally acclaimed Japanese author Haruki Murakami, who visited the library for a special behind-the-scenes tour on a recent… Read More ›

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 ›

2018 Inky Award longlist announced; teen judges invited to apply

2018 Inky Award longlist announced; teen judges invited to apply

March 1, 2018


The longlist for the 2018 Inky Awards, Australia’s national teen choice awards for young adult literature, has been announced today.

Keith Kings Public Transport Collection

Keith Kings Public Transport Collection

February 27, 2018

Collection, Such was life:

The Library has received a large donation of material documenting Victoria’s public transport, featuring some wonderful photographs of decorated trams.