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Anzac Day & La Trobe Reading Room early closure
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News blog

The State Library will be transformed into a piece of Italy this Sunday at the free Viva l’Italia! family day. The Italian festival is inspired by the Library’s latest exhibi... 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

In the lead-up to the centenary of the start of the First World War, there has been a proliferation of commemoration plans and projects including online record releases, digitising... More


Arts blog

Some of you may have noticed that there have been a growing number of ebooks appearing in the catalogue. Many of you, however, may not. For all of the amazing convenience ebooks br... More

Such was life

Such was life blog

From enlistment to conscription, to laments for the lost to our duty to England, war poetry spans all the hardship and reasoning of battle. Early World War 1 poetry encouraged peop... More

Read alert

Read alert blog

This morning the Children’s Book Council of Australia announced the 2014 shortlists and notables in each of the categories. Early Childhood Eve Pownall Younger Reader Older R... More

Inside a dog residence

Inside a dog

  The toughest job for a writer of fiction is to make the made-up stuff seem as true as the fact. We need to make the reader believe in the characters. We need to convince the... More

Inside a dog news

Inside a dog

Ever read a book or seen a film and just hated the end? (If you've said no you must be a unicorn!) The team at HISHE (How it Should Have Ended) decided Frozen had some issues and p... More