Student & teacher resources

The Library produces student and teacher resources in a range of online formats – websites, blogs, audio and video, and education kits.

They cover history and research skills, reading and literacy and professional development.

Browse here by format, or by topic in our Learn section.


We produce a range of websites for students based around our collection, reading and key historical subjects:

  • inside a dog
    The Centre for Youth Literature's groundbreaking website for teenage readers. Home to the annual Inky awards – for the best youth lit books.
  • ergo
    A research and study website for students that puts Victorian history at students' fingertips by showcasing our collection. It links in with VELS curriculum guidelines.
  • Dig: the Burke & Wills research gateway
    Teachers and students can follow the Victorian Exploring Expedition's journey through central Australia, discover all sorts of resources about Burke and Wills and even send questions to an expert.


Our blogs are written by experts in their fields and tailored to both student and teacher audiences:

  • Read alert
    Produced for teachers and youth literature professionals, this blog has news, reviews, opinion, booklists, author information, events and more.
  • Boys, Blokes, Books & Bytes
    A blog for both teenage boys and literacy professionals, highlighting the books and authors that appeal to male adolescent readers, to encourage reading in this demographic that can be hard to reach.

Audio & video

We record and make available a range of audio and video that is suitable for students and teachers.

  • 'Mirror of the world' audio dramatisations
    Based on our Mirror of the world exhibition, this audio brings to life key figures from the history of the book. Students can 'hear from' Shakespeare, Galileo, Redmond Barry and more.
  • Event audio and video
    A wide variety of talks, lectures and forums on a range of topics that may be relevant to classroom curricula can be heard or downloaded from our website.

Education kits

Packed full of ideas for classroom activities and discussion starters, and based on our collections and exhibitions, these education resources will enhance student learning in history, English and communication.