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State Library Victoria

Established in 1854 as the Melbourne Public Library, State Library Victoria is Australia's oldest public library and one of the world's first free public libraries.

The State Library Victoria is the main library in Victoria. Established in 1854 as the Melbourne Public Library, State Library Victoria is Australia's oldest public library and one of the world's first free public libraries. While their doors are closed, there is still a treasure trove of Library experiences right here to enjoy. From storytime to Author talks, State Library Victoria has something for all ages and interests.

Storytime with State Library Victoria

Join Storytime host Julianne and some of your favourite children's authors every Wednesday as they light up your screen with book readings and play activities.

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Time to browse

We know you love to read, but the library has so much more than books! Check out some of the other resources State Library Victoria has for you.

Available anytime
StartSpace virtual coffee

State Library Victoria

Every friday at 10.30am

  • Science & Technology
  • Workshop
19 TO 21 FEB 11:00 PM
Library on the Lawn festival

State Library Victoria

A COVID-safe summer family festival.

  • Film & Literature
  • Festival
Available anytime
State Library Victoria presents: The Future Of...

State Library Victoria

A video and podcast on our future.

  • Film & Literature
  • Video
18 FEB 02:00 AM
The Future of Dining

State Library Victoria

A look at the future of dining in Victoria.

  • Film & Literature
  • Video
Available anytime
Storytime - State Library Victoria

State Library Victoria

Storytime with your favourite authors

  • Children
  • Video
Available anytime
Online jigsaw puzzles

State Library Victoria

Suitable for 5–12 year olds

  • Children
  • Game
Available anytime
Make your own rainbow bath crystals

State Library Victoria

Magical bathtime awaits!

  • Children
  • Video
Available anytime
Make your own launcher

State Library Victoria

Get creative at home these holidays

  • Children
  • Video
Available anytime
Make your own stickers

State Library Victoria

Create stickers at home

  • Children
  • Video

Tea & Talk with Astrid Edwards

You’ve listened to The Garret podcast, now tune in to our fortnightly afternoon tea and talk series with Garret host Astrid Edwards, featuring writers and authors discussing their craft.

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