Despite its closure to the public last week in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, Australia’s oldest and busiest public library will remain an emporium of knowledge for the Victorian community, offering free access to a range of collections, eresources and online services.
With more Victorians staying at home, many are looking at ways to stay connected, engaged and inspired. The Library’s website, slv.vic.gov.au is home to more than 4.1 million digital collection items, along with a treasure trove of stories, galleries, exhibition content, videos, music and more.
Over the coming months, the Library will continue to offer its popular Ask a Librarian and family history services, as well as provide access to its online research guides, ebooks and learning materials.
Online visitors are encouraged to connect with the Library on Instagram and follow #SLVBookClub, where they can also receive staff tips and recommendations on the latest must-reads in the weeks to come.
State Library Victoria CEO, Kate Torney, said the Library has always been a welcoming place for all, and that has not changed with the closure of the building. “Our Library is so much more than just a building. For 164 years, we have a been an institution that invites people to connect, create, research and debate well beyond our walls,” she said.
“In a digital age, we know how vital it is for our visitors to have access to the world’s best knowledge online, and so we are well poised to support our community during these challenging times with a rich online offering.”
For more information, visit: www.slv.vic.gov.au for details.
Image: Explore New Worlds – courtesy of State Library Victoria