Library early closure: The Library will close at 5pm on Thursday 23 October to prepare for the annual Keith Murdoch Oration. More information

Facade conservation & repair works: Over the next few weeks there will be intermittent noise in the La Trobe Reading Room while work is carried out on the external walls. More information

Library early closure & facade conservation works
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News blog

Esteemed editor and publisher Helen Chamberlin has been awarded the 2014 Dromkeen Medal, which honours outstanding contributions to children’s literature. Helen has worked as an ed... More

Dome 100

Dome Centenary news blog

Why was Australia's first public library known, somewhat formidably, as 'the Institution'? Free, secular & democratic curator Harriet Edquist talks to Radio National's Julian M... More

Family matters

Family matters blog

Whether your ancestor was an actor, circus performer, magician or opera singer, the State Library holds a number of resources that can help you research your performing ancestors i... More


Arts blog

A mixed bag of treasures from some of our streaming databases, to be enjoyed by one and all here in the Library, or at home if you’re one of our Victorian registered members.... More

Such was life

Such was life blog

In 1884 Melbourne’s first tramway- a horse tramway in Fairfield- was built to promote land sales in the area (100 years of Melbourne’s trams, pg 1). Two horses pulled a... More

Read alert

Read alert blog

The Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria today announced the winners of 2014 Inky Awards – Australia’s only national teen choice literary prize. The Gold In... More

Inside a dog residence

Inside a dog

Today we will explore the MIND. read more... More

Inside a dog news

Inside a dog

Sadly Julie Berry could not be in Melbourne to celebrate her Silver Inky Award victory *sad face*.  But she did send us this fantastic video accepting her award! Our judges an... More