Guide to finding photographs, illustrations and other images in the State Library of Victoria's collections
4.3 million images are available in Trove. These are sourced from libraries and institutions around Australia (including our Library) and beyond. Included are photographs from Picture Australia which has now been absorbed into Trove.
Both digitised and non digitised images may be found in Trove. If you are only interested in finding digital images, check the box ‘available online’ below the search box.
Often images don't carry much descriptive information so it is better to search using broad terms and then add additional terms to narrow the search. You can also use the 'facets' on the left of the screen to narrow down your search by date.
The image below, from our collection, can also be found through Trove.
Rose Stereograph Co, Panorama from Pulpit Rock,
There are a number of online information databases available to registered users from outside the Library. This means you can use these databases from home. These include newspaper and journal collections and can be helpful when searching for images online.
Since July of 2010, images from Picture Australia, including all contributions from Flickr users, can now be found in the Trove website.
Geelong Heritage Centre
Over 1200 images have been loaded on the Image Library web site of Geelong and surrounding districts. The Geelong Heritage Centre is Victoria’s largest regional archive and already holds a unique collection of public and private records.
Australian Copyright Council
Online copyright advisory service.
Australian National Maritime Museum
The National Maritime Collection represents Australians' diverse experiences and perceptions of the sea and our waterways. Choose 'Collections and Research' to search the collection.
Prints and Printmaking Australia (National Gallery of Australia)
Images and information about prints and printmaking, posters, and book arts including artists books & illustrated books. Online access to 22,000 images. Index to online information on printmakers, print workshops, print publishers, print galleries and public and private collections.
Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Los Angeles, California
Non-profit, educational archive of more than 75,000 political posters. International scope, including Australia. Good links.
A non-profit digital library from the U.S.A. of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences.
The D. W. Stock Picture Library
Located in Sydney, the D W Stock Picture Library includes over 100,000 images covering horticulture, natural history, travel. Includes recent images. An example of a commercial picture library.
Museum Victoria records Australia’s environmental and cultural history and is custodian of the State's Sciences, Indigenous, Australian Society and Technology collections. The Biggest Family Album database provides online access to over 9,000 photographs dating from about 1900. The photographs document the natural environments, the nature of work, recreation, technology, travel and farming.
National Gallery of Victoria
Collection comprises of more than 20,000 works. Browse highlights from the Australian painting collection and International collection by artist name, or search for an artwork by keyword.
NAVA (National Association for the Visual Arts)
A gateway to Australian visual arts and crafts, maintained by NAVA, the peak body representing the professional interests of the Australian visual arts and craft sector. Includes information sheets providing practical advice on everything from applying for grants to finding artists and galleries.
Royal Historical Society of Victoria
The RHSV’s image collection includes original artworks and historical photographs dating from the 1850s. Major subject areas are portraiture, street scenes of Melbourne and many Victorian country towns. The History Victoria Database contains over 30,000 records.
The National Screen and Sound Archive Web site includes a search option for access to online images. ScreenSound collects Australia's moving images and sound recordings.
The Library is closed from December 25 to January 3. From January 4 2021 we will be partially open to pre-booked and walk-up visitors and our Ask A Librarian service will resume for assistance with your research inquiries online and over the phone.