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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

Picking up where I left off last week, the next two Family History Feast speakers were Liz Denny from the Public Record Office Victoria and Andrew Griffin from the National Archive... More


Arts blog

Photography continues to be a major part of our contemporary art collecting, and here are just a few new titles to tempt you into the building (and one you can read at home): Why i... More

Such was life

Such was life blog

Melbourne is routinely depicted as a sport loving city with our devotion to Australian Rules football characterised as an obsession. The writer George Johnston, author of the novel... More

Read alert

Read alert blog

The Inky Awards are for the best new young adult books, as voted for by teen readers. The Centre for Youth Literature is extremely proud to announce the 2014 Inky Awards shortlist.... More

Inside a dog residence

Inside a dog

If you’ve read a lot of YA fiction you’ll be aware of tropes and character types that appear frequently in this category, l... More

Inside a dog news

Inside a dog

Welcome to my fourth post on manga and graphics novels! In this post I’m going to list some of the pros of reading manga and graphic novels (GN): 1.  It’s fast, easy and fun t... More