Tag Archives: State Library of Victoria

State Library Victoria proves libraries aren’t just about books: they’re about community

(9 Dec 2019) With the rise of digital information early this century, the death of the library was predicted. Yet far from causing the demise of libraries, the digital revolution has led to libraries being reinvented and reinvigorated. Library staff are experts in knowledge systems and adept at seizing the possibilities presented by these changes. This ability […]


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Australia: State Library Victoria will soon reopen

(2 Oct 2019)  On December 5, the iconic State Library Victoria in Melbourne’s CBD will reopen its doors following the completion of a five-year redevelopment that cost $88.1 million. Soon you’ll be able to see details that have been hidden for more than 50 years. See what changes have been made here.  


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State Library Victoria named best specialty venue in Australia

(11 May 2018) State Library Victoria has been named one of Australia’s best venues by the events industry national peak body. The Library won the ‘best unique event venue without accommodation’ category at the Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) National Conference in Adelaide on Tuesday 8 May. The win followed the Library’s success in the […]


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State Library Victoria calls for 2018 Fellowship applications

(2 February 2018) Applications are now open for State Library Victoria’s prestigious annual fellowships program, with a new specialist fellowship for Victorian Aboriginal researchers offered from 2018. The Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal Cultural Research Fellowship supports Aboriginal researchers to explore the Library’s collections and engage with archival records to produce research material that can be used […]


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$2 million donation to boost opportunities for budding entrepreneurs

(1 June 2017) Leading Australian businesswoman Christine Christian has donated $2 million to State Library Victoria to establish Start Space – a new centre to support early-stage entrepreneurs, the first of its kind in Victoria. Part of the Library’s Vision 2020 redevelopment, Start Space will provide emerging entrepreneurs with free access to resources, services, programs […]


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Schmidt Hammer Lassen to lead $88 million renovation of Melbourne’s State Library of Victoria

(10 April 2017) The State Library of Victoria in Melbourne has tapped Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects with local partners Architectus and Andronas Conservation Architecture to lead in the design of a $88.1 million redevelopment plan, Vision 2020. The scheme will return 40% more space to public use, aiming to “unlock possibilities, create connections and act as a […]


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State Library of Victoria chooses Ex Libris Rosetta for digital asset management, collection, and preservation

(2 February 2017, Adelaide, Australia)  Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that State Library Victoria has chosen the Ex Libris Rosetta digital preservation system to manage its digital resources and sustain them in perpetuity. Rosetta will be replacing the library’s DigiTool® digital asset management system. The announcement in full is here.


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State Library Victoria calls for Fellowships for 2017

(31 January 2017) Applications are now open for artists, performers, filmmakers, writers, composers – or anyone with an interesting idea – to tap into the State Library’s rich collections through its annual Fellowships program. This year, the State Library and its partners are offering 15 fellowships, collectively worth up to $237,000, making it one of […]


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State Library of Victoria announced as Melbourne Music Week Hub

(13 September 2016) State Library Victoria will be the 2016 hub for Melbourne Music Week, illuminating the city’s world-renowned music scene. Speaking at the launch today Lord Mayor of Melbourne Robert Doyle said he was “delighted to be partnering with one of the icons of Melbourne, the great State Library Victoria as our Melbourne Music Week […]


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550+ aerial photographs go online

(17 May 2016) These photographs are part of the State Aerial Survey that was produced by the Department of Crown Lands & Survey between 1945-1965. They cover mostly regional Victoria from Albury to Willaura. The majority are scaled at 1:15,840. They are mosaics, which means multiple photographs were joined together to form one large overall […]


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Architects announced for State Library of Victoria redevelopment

(23 April 2016)  A consortium of internationally celebrated architects has been selected to design the $83.1 million State Library Victoria Vision 2020 redevelopment. Multi-award winning Australasian design firm Architectus will join forces with Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, one of Scandinavia’s most recognised architectural practices, to transform the iconic building. Architectus is known for its delivery […]


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State Library recognised as ‘speciality event venue’

(9 March 2016) The State Library Victoria, Australia, has been recognised at the Meetings and Events Association (MEA) Industry Awards as a state finalist in the speciality event venue category. The MEA Industry Awards recognise excellence and best business practice in the Australian meetings & events industry. The Library is one of Australia’s oldest cultural institutions and […]


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State Library celebrates 160 years of serving Victoria

(11 February 2016) State Library Victoria is Australia’s oldest free public library and the nation’s busiest with nearly 1.8 million visitors a year – more than the Library of Congress in Washington. Originally called the Melbourne Public Library, State Library Victoria, has been home to some of Melbourne’s great institutions including the National Gallery of […]


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Shortlisted design teams for the State Library Victoria Vision 2020 project announced

(18 December 2015)  A shortlist of four architectural design teams have been invited to tender for the $83.1 million State Library Victoria Vision 2020 Redevelopment Project. The four shortlisted consortia feature local and international expertise and were selected from a strong field of expressions of interest. The redevelopment includes the restoration of the historic Queen’s Hall, […]


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Designers sought for State Library Vision 2020 Redevelopment

An Expression of Interest for a Design Consultant team has been released for the $83 million State Library Victoria Vision 2020 redevelopment project, the Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley has announced. (19 October 2015) The Victorian Government, Australia, is providing $55.4 million for the project, which is to be staged over five years. The […]


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