Literary giants, hidden spaces, collection gems and more to enjoy

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Whether you visit State Library Victoria to soak up inspiration and knowledge or escape into great stories and fun-filled entertainment, we’ve got you covered.

See another side of great Australian writers and their works as Sarah Krasnostein and Professor Tony Birch join us to discuss a famous Peter Carey novel.

Go down the rabbit hole and uncover secret spaces and unbelievable stories from the past by attending our Library tours.

Get a closer look at our collections at events that guide you through our popular MIRROR: New views on photography and World of the Book exhibitions.

Explore the program and book your tickets today.

Writers on Writers: Sarah Krasnostein on Peter Carey

Writer Sarah Krasnostein

Writer Sarah Krasnostein discusses her moving new essay on Peter Carey‘s Booker Prize winning novel, True History of the Kelly Gang, in conversation with Professor Tony Birch. Explore the novel’s enduring themes and gain insights on great fiction.

Writers on Writers: Sarah Krasnostein on Peter Carey
Friday 1 September, 6.30–8pm
Conversation Quarter
Free

Tours

Escape into grand rooms, underground passages and news from past eras

Library archives

Dome to Catacombs
From 13 Sep

Newspaper and Family History Reading Rooms

Newspapers & Family History Reading Room
From 13 Sep

A family reading the newspaper

Newsworthy Onsite
19 Oct

Exhibitions

Find wonder and enchantment in exhibitions of rare books and photography

People attending the MIRROR: New views on photography exhibition

MIRROR:
Relaxed Sessions

From 16 Sep

An exhibit from MIRROR: New views on photography

MIRROR:
Meet the Curators
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From 5 Oct

A person attending the World of the Book exhibition

World of the Book
Tour

From 3 Sep

Workshops

Go on a time warp and uncover our newspaper and family history resources

Two people sitting outside as one of them reads the newspaper

Newsworthy Online
From 19 Sep

A family standing together outside

Finding Families
From 28 Sep

A white house surrounded by a yard

Researching Your Home
30 Nov

Last chance for GUTFUL: A Bug in the System

An illustration of a hand holding an insect in a food bar wrapper against a green background of plants

Bugs: love them or hate them, they’re everywhere. From computer bugs to food bugs, these little creatures can have a big impact on our experiences with food, technology, art and culture. Dig into the details with leading chefs and artists.

GUTFUL: Bug in the System
Wednesday 30 & Thursday 31 August, 7–9pm
Conversation Quarter
Tickets $45 general admission
$36 paid members & concession
$20 First Nations


Let your story bloom at the Library this spring

Choose your own adventure and make your next Library visit a magical one


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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