World of the Book: State Library of Victoria permanent exhibition

A Library Planet post by Fiona Kells Established in 1854, barely 20 years after the city of Melbourne was founded, the State Library of Victoria is Australia’s oldest public library and one of the world’s first free libraries. (See Jes Layton’s 2019 Library Planet post on the State Library of Victoria for more information.) A…

Carlton Library, Melbourne, Australia

A Library Planet post by Fiona Kells. The Carlton Library is on Rathdowne Street in North Carlton, a popular and populous inner-city suburb of Melbourne, Australia. This is a well loved community library. I visited on a very rainy Wednesday afternoon, just before sitting down to dinner at Chin Chin’s at Koto Moon, just a…

Newcastle City Library, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

A Libray Planet post by Fiona Kells. The Newcastle City Library occupies the War Memorial Cultural Centre on Laman Street, in the heart of Newcastle. The Library was established via the generosity of Sydney ophthalmologist Dr Roland Pope, who in the late 1940s gifted his personal collection of more than 2,000 books, along with more…

Steve Williams’ Fergus McDurgus Library Project

Sometimes, things just come together and make life a little better. You meet and fall in love with someone, and get a chance to move to the other side of the world. You’re a bit useless at sport, skip school during gym, find the local library is warm and dry, and accidentally discover a lifelong…

Ivanhoe Library, Melbourne, Australia

A Library Planet post by Fiona Kells Situated atop the highest point in the ‘burb, the Ivanhoe Library used to occupy a three-storey 1960s Modernist building. Designed by local architecture firm Leith & Bartlett Pty Ltd, the building featured clean and simple lines, a glass curtain wall, open stairwells and a double-height, open-plan reading room…