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Why was Australia's first public library known, somewhat formidably, as 'the Institution'?
Free, secular & democratic curator...Read more
Judy Horacek is one of Australia's best known cartoonists. Her iconic Woman with Altitude character (pictured on this page) and myriad other recognisable identities regularly appear in newspapers, books, T-shirts,...Read more
One of Australia's greatest living authors recently agreed to drop by the Library so that I could interview him for a story for our...Read more
In his dome story, Des Cowley tells of his early fascination with the dome because ‘it seemed to be the perfect embodiment of...Read more
If you wander up the stairs to the dome in the next few weeks, you’ll come across a collection of beautiful kangaroo-leather cases surrounded by bookshelves full of Indian literature. The books and cases are part of a travelling exhibition called...Read more
Professor Sasha Grishin has been a friend of the Library for a long time. He was a Library Creative Fellow in 2010, he wrote a history of Australian art at the...Read more
The Library was transformed into a hive of discovery and surprises last Sunday as more than 5,500 people attended the free Carnival of Curiosity.
Marty McFly's DeLorean couldn't have competed with the Victorian-era time machine in the Library...Read more
If architecture’s your thing, you’ll know the work of John Gollings.
John’s a legendary architectural photographer who specialises in photos of cities, buildings and landscapes from an aerial perspective...Read more
Nicholas Jones is a Melbourne-based sculptor who uses books and printed paper to make works which question how books are ‘read’. I talked to him about his...Read more
At the centre of the Free, secular and democratic exhibition is a display case of more than 200 tiny hummingbirds, whose marvellous metallic plumage has to...Read more
On 26 April 1997 a most unusual event took place in the domed reading room: 65 women from the Women’s Circus leaped, sang, juggled and tumbled under the dome to launch their book...Read more
As well as offering his reflections on the dome, writer Anson Cameron has contributed a short literary memoir that he 'wrote about the...Read more
Last night at the launch of our newest exhibition Free, secular and democratic: building the Public Library 1853–1913, Minister for the Arts...Read more
The creation of Melbourne’s earliest cultural institutions and the people who conceived them are the subject of our new exhibition Free, secular and democratic...Read more