Sign in

To request items held in onsite storage, and to order copies via our direct delivery service, you first need to sign into the Catalogue with your member number or email address and password. When you are signed in, you can also save searches, set up alerts, and save and organise your favourite records. 

You can become a State Library Victoria member on our website. 

Signing in for the first time

If you didn't create a password when you signed up for your membership, or if you haven't signed in to your Library account in a long time, you'll need to set up your password when you first sign in to the catalogue or to use electronic resource from home.

To set a password on your new or existing account, follow these steps:

1. From the Catalogue home page, click Sign in.

Screenshot of catalogue page with sign in button o

2. On the Sign in page, click Create or reset password.

3. Enter the email address you used when you signed up as a library member, then click Send verification code.

Screenshot of member sign in with option to enter

4. Open your email inbox. You should see an email with the subject “State Library Victoria membership email verification code”. Locate the 6-digit verification code.

Screenshot of sample email

  • Note: The email is sent from “Microsoft on behalf of State Library Victoria". If you cannot find the email, please check your junk/spam folder.
  • Note: The verification code becomes invalid after about 5 minutes. If needed, you can click Send New Code on the Verify email address page.

5. Return to the Verify email address webpage. Enter the verification code and select the Verify Code button. 

Screenshot of page to create a password

6. The code is accepted, and the Create new password page is displayed.

Create password page

7. Enter your New Password, then enter it again in the Confirm New Password field.
Note: Passwords must be a minimum of 8 characters and contain both upper- and lower-case letters and at least one number.

8. Click Continue.

Your password is created, you are signed into the Catalogue, and you view the Catalogue home page.

How to sign in

1. At the top right-hand corner of our website, click the Catalogue button.

State Library Victoria homepage with catalogue button outlined

The Catalogue home page is displayed.


2. At the top right-hand corner of the Catalogue, click Sign in.

Screenshot of catalogue page with sign in button outlined

Alternatively, if you have already searched for a Catalogue item, you’ll see a Sign in link.

Screenshot of catalogue record with sign button outlined

When you select the option to Sign in, the Sign in page is displayed.

Sign in page


3. Enter your Membership number or email address.

4. Enter your Password.

5. Click Sign in

You are signed in and returned to the Catalogue page you were viewing.


Why do members now need a password when they haven’t previously?

We are always seeking to improve the security of the library systems for our members. These improvements bring access to the catalogue and the associated member information into line with current security standards and government guidelines.

Do I have to sign in again separately to access eresources?

No, with this change, members* only need to sign in once to access the full suite of catalogue features and eresources from home. 

If you sign in to the catalogue, you will be automatically authenticated for eresources. The reverse is also true: if you first sign in to an eresource then access the catalogue, you won't need to re-enter your credentials. Please note that you are not automatically logged into your account, but once you select the Sign in button, you will be taken straight through to your account.

* This refers specifically to members who are Victorian residents and are therefore eligible to access to eresources from home. Non-Victorian members do not have access to eresources offsite. 

I can’t set my password. What do I do?

I've forgotten my membership number. What do I do?

If you have forgotten your membership number, you can now sign in using your registered email address instead. Alternatively, you can retrieve your lost membership details.

If this fails to retrieve your number, either your account has expired, or we have a different email address for you. You will need to re-register.

I've forgotten my email address. Where can I get help?

If you are not sure which email address you used to create your account, contact the Library on 03 8664 7000 or via Ask a Librarian.

I'm not able to sign in. What should I do?

First check that your membership number or email address and password are correct.

Ensure that there are no spaces before or after the text of your membership number, email address, or password. This can happen if you copy and paste your details from elsewhere; for example, if you are using password management software. Try typing your details into the Sign in page manually.

If you still cannot sign in, contact the Library on 03 8664 7000 between 10am and 6pm, or via Ask a Librarian.

Having trouble?

Are you having trouble creating your password?

Ask one of our librarians to give you a hand.

Known issues

For more information and updates on known issues relating to our catalogue, please visit Library Systems Status.

Mysterious blocks

[The Mysterious Blocks - Will Alma at Genii convention, Sydney],  [ca. 1930 - ca. 1993], P.309/NO.42.