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Book Fair Australia 2023

The Tragedy of HAMLET


Miss Anderson’s Motor Service

In 1919, young Alice Anderson founded Victoria’s first all-female motor garage.

Through the garage, she provided driving lessons, mechanical instruction and vehicle appraisals for women looking to purchase their own car. Alice became an inspiration, and fulfilled a vision to pioneer a new career for women in motoring.

National Family History Month

Explore your family tree

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Just announced! Our free online course Branching Out shows you how to trace your family tree and uncover details about your ancestors. Suitable for beginners and designed for self-paced learning, there will be a new module to complete each week for all four weeks. It’s time to level up your ancestry research. 

Branching Out: Researching Your Family Tree
Mon 19 September – Sun 16 October


Research tips & tricks

Video of Sarah Spencer's Handmade Universe artist diary

Major life events such as births, deaths and marriages are some of the key milestones in a person’s life, and are a great place to start when researching an ancestor. So how do you track down the information and what can it be used for?


Research tips & tricks

Hospital records for family history

Great Melbourne telescope, c 1886

Hospital records can be a handy resource when exploring your family history. Check out our Health and welfare records guide for more information and links to resources that are available at State Library Victoria and other relevant agencies. 


What’s on

Spring at the Library

Children participating in a Nutty Scientists activity


More news is good news! Learn to research our extensive collection. 

Tue 20 September, 10am–11am

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Amy Carter-James, co-founder of Raaise

Finding Families

Get the tools and know-how to go deeper into your family’s past.  

Thu 27 October, 10am–11am

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A person holding a box of LEGO® bricks

Spotlight on Personal Papers & Diaries

Find out more about the true lives of infamous and interesting Victorians.

Wed 16 November, 10am–11am

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Plan ahead before you visit

The Library is open daily from 10am to 6pm. Visit our website for more information on how to make the most of your visit.

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