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

Victor Hugo: Les Misérables – From Page to Stage, a world-first exhibition and the biggest ever staged by the State Library of Victoria, is now open. The exhibition explores the 19... 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

Family matters is pleased to welcome our special guest blogger for August, Shauna Hicks, national coordinator of National Family History Month. August is National Family History Mo... More


Arts blog

A chance encounter at a recent art auction viewing re-acquainted me with the lovely work of Dora Wilson, and I was delighted to find her work well represented in our own collection... More

Such was life

Such was life blog

On 5 August 1914, the day Australians learnt of the declaration of war, the German trading ship SS Pfalz was just leaving Port Phillip Bay. The ship had originally planned to depar... More

Read alert

Read alert blog

It’s that time again on the youth literature calendar – Reading Matters 2015 is in production! Reading Matters is a national celebration of youth literature taking the ... More

Inside a dog residence

Inside a dog

My first novel, The Boy’s Own Manual to Being  Proper Jew, is about, Yossi, a homosexual teenage boy living in the Melbourn... More

Inside a dog news

Inside a dog

1. I'm reading: All the news from San Diego Comic ConSan Diego Comic Con (or SDCC) is the event in America each year for everything comic books, film and tv adaptations, and p... More