Posted by: Lisa Hill | September 14, 2013

State Library of Victoria Foundation

Melbourne library If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that I am an unabashed fan of the State Library of Victoria.   It’s a beautiful building, it has a world-class collection, and many Aussie authors have used its world-famous reading room to pen their novels.  I have been visiting it regularly since I was 14 years old and had a crush on Beethoven, I’ve used its extensive research facilities, and I’ve been to many of its superb exhibitions. 

But what you may not know is that the SLV has its own Foundation which as its website says

is dedicated to building relationships with members of the community who recognise the importance of the State Library and want to contribute to its work.  Since its establishment in 1994, the Foundation has helped the Library by raising funds through memberships, donations, sponsorships and bequests.

These funds help the SLV to purchase items of historical significance, conserve and develop our magnificent collections, add to and digitise our collections, deliver information services, mount exhibitions, run educational and cultural events, fund creative fellowships, publish the La Trobe Journal online and in hard copy and publish the State Library of Victoria News, among many other things.

Each year The Spouse and I attend the Foundation’s annual dinner, but today was the first time I’ve been to one of their fund-raising high teas.  I went with a dear friend, and we had a lovely time!

If supporting our library appeals to you, check out their website and join up.  It’s not expensive, and it’s a nice way to meet other people who also care about our literary heritage.



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