Our community

We have a diverse community of people who use, work in and contribute to the Library. Get to know us better by exploring our blogs, learning about our fellowships and literary awards, subscribing to our enewsletters or joining our alumni program.


News blog

The Library is bursting with stories If you placed all of our physical items not to mention digital ones side by side they would almost stretch from Swanston Street to…More

Why was Australia's first public library known, somewhat formidably, as 'the Institution'?harriet edquistthe institutionfree secular & democraticradio nationaljulian morrowMore

In 1894 Martha Needle was sentenced to death for the murder of her prospective brother in law Louis Juncken and executed in the Old Melbourne Gaol She was also said to have…More

Fellows & scholars

We offer several Creative Fellowships annually to artists and scholars who propose thoughtful and innovative ways to use our collections.