State Library Victoria offers a rich collection of electronic resources and we add new collections throughout the year.

Our current eresource collection consists of over 267,969 full text eresources, including historic archives, multi-subject databases, popular magazines, scholarly journals, newspapers and streaming music and videos.

Most of our eresources can be accessed remotely by registered Victorian State Library members, extending access to our rich online collections to those in regional and rural Victoria.

Let’s take a look back at the 2018 additions to our eresources collection, as well as the most popular eresources for the year. Become a State Library Victoria member to explore the following eresources from home.

New eresources added in 2018

Leisure, travel & mass culture: the history of tourism

beach scene with man and woman

Take a multi-national journey through well-known, little-known and far-flung destinations unlocked for the average traveller between 1850 and the 1980s. This eresource includes guidebooks and brochures, periodicals, travel agency correspondence, photographs and personal travel journals. It provides unique insight into the expansion, accessibility and affordability of tourism for the masses and the evolution of some of the most successful travel agencies in the world.

travel posters

Literary print culture: the Stationers’ Company archive


The Stationers’ Company archive is one of the most important eresources for understanding the workings of the early book trade, the printing and publishing community, the establishment of legal requirements for copyright provisions and the history of bookbinding. Explore extremely rare documents dating from 1554 to the 21st century in this invaluable resource of research material for historians and literary scholars.

rare material form the Stationers' Company Archive

Service newspapers of World War Two

service newspapers of World War Two

Discover World War Two as told by the newspapers that brought information, entertainment and camaraderie to the forces at home and overseas. Service newspapers acted as the mouthpiece of the troops, keeping the units apprised of the general progress of the war, reporting on life back at home, encouraging discussion and intellectual improvement and offering amusing anecdotes, competitions, cartoons and entertainment. The newspapers would be shared around the units, often changing hands several times, eagerly anticipated for the morale boost and distraction from the discomforts and uncertainty of serving in war. This eresource features over 200 titles from key nations across the globe.

The Arctic Times
service newspapers from WWII

The Harper’s Bazaar archive‎ 1867–current

Harpers Bazaar magazine covers

Gain insight into the events, attitudes and interests of the modern era with this archive of Harper’s Bazaar US and UK editions, from 1867 to the present. It contains every page, advertisement, and cover reproduced as high-resolution colour page images and supported by fully searchable text and article-level indexing. This resource comprises a chronicle of American, British, and international fashion, culture, and society, supporting researchers by offering unique insights into the events, attitudes, and interests of the modern era.

Archives of sexuality & gender: LGBTQ history and culture since 1940

resources from archives of sexuality and gender

Drawn from hundreds of institutions and organisations, from major international bodies to local grassroots initiatives, the documents in Archives of Sexuality & Gender: LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940 illuminate the experiences of LGBTQ individuals and groups of different races, ethnicities, ages, religions, political orientations and geographical locations. This electronic archive also includes oral history transcripts, diaries, intimate correspondence and interviews that provide a deeply personal interpretation of the LGBTQ experience, putting a human face on the history of sexuality and gender.

rainbow flag

Popular eresources in 2018


magazine covers

Access the true-to-print current digital editions of popular Australian and international publications including Reader’s Digest, Science Illustrated, Gardening Australia, Donna Hay and many more.

Music and performing arts online

screenshot of Music and performing arts onlineExplore a database that combines audio and video streaming spanning all time periods, hundreds of thousands of seminal artists, composers, choreographers, and ensembles.

National Geographic virtual library 1888–1994

You can (virtually) leaf through the complete archive of National Geographic magazine, from the first issue through to 1994. It includes every page and every photograph, true-to-print, all fully searchable through an intuitive interface.

Country Life archive

Country life magazine covers

This comprehensive archive (1897 to 2005) of the weekly British culture and lifestyle magazine, Country Life, focuses on fine art and architecture, the great country houses, and rural living. Every page is fully searchable and reproduced in full colour and high resolution. Country Life archive presents a chronicle of more than 100 years of British heritage, including its art, architecture, and landscapes, with an emphasis on leisure pursuits such as antique collecting, hunting, shooting, equestrian news, and gardening.

To access eresources from home, you need to be a State Library member with a Victorian home address. (Terms and conditions of use apply.)

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This article has 2 comments

  1. Pressreader seems to be a limited access tool. It tells me I have two days access only.
    How does one subscribe after the two days and what is the cost?

    • Hi Gloria,
      The Library subscribes so there is no cost to our patrons. If you are still having problems, call the Library on 8664 7002 and a Librarian provide assistance.


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