Polydor; Universal Music Australia, 2011

New listening in Arts: great winter selections

June 22, 2018

Arts, Film, Music, Musicals, Popular music:

Warm up the coldest winter with some great new arrivals in pop, rock, jazz, musical theatre and film soundtracks featuring these wonderful additions to the Library’s music collection.

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!

Eagle Hawk, Bendigo. 1852, ST Gill

An American on the goldfields of Victoria

May 22, 2018

People & professions, Such was life:

The rich goldfields of Victoria attracted thousands of migrants and prospectors from all corners of the globe, but they were not rich for everyone.

Love, conflict, religion, politics, tragedy…

Love, conflict, religion, politics, tragedy…

May 16, 2018

People & professions, Such was life:

A minister of religion and a young lady confronted by a rejected suitor and his angry mother, a court case, battles over alcohol laws, fiery preaching, love, tragedy and death. Just one small story in the pages of Trove historical newspapers.

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, Arts & literature, Exhibitions:

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 ›

Such was life

Mrs Stephen Henty, c 1870-80

What about the women? – Part 1

January 10, 2019 6 comments

Uprooted to join your husband of no more than a couple of years to settle in an unknown place. This is the story of the wives of the Henty brothers, early settlers credited with establishing Victoria’s first European settlement.


Lyric, [2017]

New listening in Arts: holiday selections

December 20, 2018 0 comments

Find out what’s new on the listening post in the Arts reading room. We’re featuring a holiday season selection of festive, popular, opera and film music on CD.