State Library Victoria has a growing collection of ebooks. Full text ebooks can be accessed online at home at any time, by registered Victorian library members. For information on how to use our ebooks visit the research guide.

Our ebook collection includes biographies, travel books, titles on politics, history, philosophy, arts, health and many other subjects. We purchased our 10,000th ebook in 2017 and we are adding new titles each month.

Five of the most popular ebooks this year

Here are our five of our most popular ebooks this year (book descriptions are taken from their respective ebook providers).

The Barefoot Investor: the only money guide you’ll ever need by Scott Pape

This book will show you how to create an entire financial plan that is so simple you can sketch it on the back of a serviette … and you’ll be able to manage your money in 10 minutes a week. The Barefoot Investor is full of stories from everyday Aussies — single people, young families, empty nesters, retirees — who have applied the simple steps in this book and achieved amazing, life-changing results. Now including updates for the 2017-2018 financial year.

From stray dog to World War I hero: the Paris terrier who joined the First Division by Grant Hayter-Menzies

On the streets of Paris in July 1918, American doughboy, Sgt. Jimmy Donovan, befriended a stray dog he named Rags. Rags became the mascot to the entire First Division of the American Expeditionary Force and a friend to the American troops who had crossed the Atlantic to fight. Rags learned to carry messages through gunfire, locate broken communications wire for the Signal Corps to repair, and alert soldiers to incoming shells. Through it all, he brought inspiration to men with little to hope for, especially in the bitter last days of the war

Fight like a girl by Clementine Ford

Clementine Ford’s incendiary debut Fight like a girl is an essential manifesto for feminists new, old and soon-to-be, and exposes just how unequal the world continues to be for women. Crucially, it is a call to arms for all women to rediscover the fury that has been suppressed by a society that still considers feminism a threat. Fight like a girl will make you laugh, cry and scream. But above all it will make you demand and fight for a world in which women have real equality and not merely the illusion of it.

A history of Victoria by Geoffrey Blainey

A history of Victoria is a lively account of the people, places and events that shaped Victoria, from the arrival of the first Aboriginal peoples through to the present day. Victoria’s transformation from rural state to urban society, the contrasts between Melbourne and Sydney and formative events in Victoria’s history, Ned Kelly, the rise of Australian Football and the Olympics of 1956. Written by one of Australia’s leading historians, this book offers remarkable insight into Victoria’s unique position within Australian history.

Adulthood is a myth by Sarah Andersen

These casually drawn, perfectly on-point comics by popular Brooklyn-based artist Sarah Andersen are for the rest of us. They document the wasting of entire beautiful weekends on the internet, the unbearable agony of holding hands on the street with a gorgeous guy, and dreaming all day of getting home and back into pajamas. In other words, the horrors and awkwardness of young modern life. Sarah’s frankness on personal issues like body image, self-consciousness, introversion, relationships and the frequency of bra-washing makes her comics highly relatable and deeply hilarious. Adulthood is a myth was named the 2016 Goodreads choice award winner for graphic novels and comics.

New titles added in 2017

We’re constantly adding new titles to our ebook collection. Here’s a small sampling of some of the books we added this year.


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