Bookings open for National Family History Month!

Bookings open for National Family History Month!

June 18, 2019

Family history events, Family matters, Training:

We’re participating in National Family History Month 2019! August is National Family History Month and State Library Victoria has a great program of free events both onsite and online. You… Read More ›

The Chief Librarian and the soap thieves

The Chief Librarian and the soap thieves

June 6, 2019

Our stories, People & professions:

In 1887, someone was stealing the State Library soap- or was it ‘someones’?

From celebrity to the streets, the power of photojournalism

From celebrity to the streets, the power of photojournalism

June 5, 2019

Our stories, People & professions:

Over the course of his 50-year career, news photographer Bruce Postle captured images of the rich, the famous and the powerful. But on many occasions, his work also involved the most humble and vulnerable people in the community.

‘Dear Walt’: Whitman in Victoria

‘Dear Walt’: Whitman in Victoria

May 31, 2019

Our stories:

Victorian school teacher Bernard O’Dowd entered a brief but remarkably intense and intimate correspondence with American poet and iconoclast Walt Whitman.

Library Board of Victoria welcomes four new board members

Library Board of Victoria welcomes four new board members

May 29, 2019

Announcements, News:

President of the Library Board of Victoria, John Wylie AM, today announced four new members will join the Library Board. Karen Wood, Hugh Williams, Donata Carrazza and Cheri Ong will commence their new appointments today, each for a three-year period.

Our new-look catalogue: Browse and Related items

Our new-look catalogue: Browse and Related items

May 21, 2019

Tips and tricks:

Read about the new browsing feature of our redesigned online catalogue and learn how to discover related material in the collection.

The Spare Corner Club

The Spare Corner Club

May 17, 2019

People & professions, Social life & customs, Such was life:

It was a cool summer’s day in 1940 when around fifty members of the Spare Corner Club met in the Fitzroy Gardens for lunch…

Our new-look catalogue: Resource recommender

Our new-look catalogue: Resource recommender

May 14, 2019

Tips and tricks:

Our online catalogue has had a major redesign. Learn how to use the handy new feature: the Resource recommender.

Our new-look catalogue: An introduction

Our new-look catalogue: An introduction

May 7, 2019

Tips and tricks:

In August 2018, we launched a major redesign of our online catalogue. Learn how to make the most out of its improved, user-friendly design and enhanced functionality with this series of blog posts.

Liverpool to Melbourne: the newspaper

Liverpool to Melbourne: the newspaper

May 7, 2019

People & professions, Such was life:

During her 1854 voyage to Melbourne, the ‘Marco Polo’ published a weekly newspaper for passengers- which provides a vivid description to life on board.

Such was life

Duels in Melbourne

Duels in Melbourne

August 16, 2019 0 comments

Early one Thursday morning in June 1839, two young men at an empty racecourse stood 16 paces from one another armed with pistols. They were preparing to engage in Melbourne’s first duel.

Arts

New listening in Arts: Winter collection

New listening in Arts: Winter collection

July 9, 2019 0 comments

New arrivals include this collection of popular, jazz, classical, opera, musical theatre and film music on CD, to warm up those cold winter days. All are currently showcased on our… Read More ›