Explore our blogs for the latest news, opinions and behind-the-scenes details. Our staff and special guest bloggers write about the Library, family history, the arts and youth literature.

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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 Ballarat... 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

To coincide with the theme of this year’s Family History Feast, we have released a new Family History research guide called Researching your multicultural ancestors. The Bott... More


Arts blog

Anna Welch highlights some Australian psychedelia currently on show in our Mirror of the World exhibition Currently on display in Mirror of the World is a selection of works by Aus... More

Such was life

Such was life blog

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 poi... More

Read alert

Read alert blog

Reading Matters is Australia’s leading youth literature conference for professionals and youth literature enthusiasts. Gather to discuss big issues, YA trends, and celebrate new an... More

Inside a dog residence

Inside a dog

For my last post, I declared that I didn’t believe in “writer’s block” – because I don’t. But I do understand that occasionally, we all just get stuck. You’re in a scene that isn’t... More

Inside a dog news

Inside a dog

Writing today is different than it was in the olden days - we are so technical in this time and age, I am writing this blog post on a computer where centuries ago there was no such... More