The history of the State Library of Victoria

How to research the history, development, architecture, collections and management of the State Library of Victoria.

Annual reports

There are many types of information that can be found in the Library's annual reports, including:

  • statements of income etc. for the previous financial year
  • lists of trustees
  • rules and regulations
  • average number of daily visitors
  • noteworthy gifts

The first Report of the Trustees of the Public Library was in November 1858. This was the only report in the early years of the Library's history and it took the form of being estimates for the next year, 1859. The next report was for the 1870-1871 year. The Report of the Trustees of the Public Library, Museums and National Gallery of Victoria was printed in 1871, and was divided into three parts; Public Library, National Gallery and National Museum. The Library was not required by legislation to produce annual reports until this year. However the 1870-1871 report includes an overview of Library operations for the years 1854 until 1870.

Up until 1929, annual reports of the Trustees of the Public Library, Museum and National Gallery were ordered to be printed as Parliamentary Papers. These can be found online.

After 1930, annual reports were presented to Parliament, but were not printed as Parliamentary Papers, so have not been included in the Library's bound volumes of the Victorian Parliamentary Papers.

The first report of the Trustees of the Public Library of Victoria was for the financial year 1945-1946.

Recent annual reports can be found online.

Sources

Newspaper cuttings relating to the Public Library, Museum and National Gallery of Victoria  Call Number: LTM 92 (Microfilm)

The activities of the Library prior to 1870 are recorded in the early addresses of the Trustees to the Governors at the opening of various parts of the Institution and in newspaper reports. These five reels of microfilm cover 1853 to 1948.

Address of the Trustees of the Melbourne Public Library : presented to His Excellency Sir Henry Barkly, K.C.B., Governor-in-Chief of the Colony of Victoria, on the opening of the Queen's Reading Room, on Tuesday, May 24th, 1859 [Melbourne:Trustees, 1859]

Includes details of Library's progress

Public Library : report of Trustees accompanying estimates for the service of the year 1859 Available in Parliamentary papers through the Victorian Parliament website.

Public Library, Museums and National Gallery (Vic.). Report of the Trustees of the Public Library, Museums and National Gallery of Victoria: with statements of income and expenditure 1870/71-1945. Melbourne, Vic., Govt. Printer, 1871-1945.  RAREF 027.49945 V66R 1870-1929 also available online through Parliamentary papers on the Victorian Parliament website.

Public Library of Victoria. Report of the Trustees of the Public Library of Victoria . 1946-1960.
Melbourne, Vic., The Trustees, 1946-1960. RAREF 027.49945 V66R

State Library of Victoria. Report of the Trustees of the State Library of Victoria . 1961-1965.
Melbourne, Vic., The Trustees, 1961-1965.  YAF 027.49945 V66R

Library Council of Victoria. Annual report. [Melbourne, Vic.,], The Council, [1966]-1988. 1966 - 1971 offsite at YAF 027.49945 V66C. 1972 - 1988 at PER 027.49945 V66C

Library Council of Victoria. Report of the Library Council of Victoria and of the Council of the State Library of Victoria for the year ended 30 June ... 1989. Melbourne, Vic., The Council, [1989?]  PER 027.49945 V66C

State Library of Victoria. Council. Annual report. [Melbourne, Vic.,], The Council, [1990]-1996. SF 027.49945 V66 1989-1996

Title change after 1995/1996 to: Annual report / Library Board of Victoria.
Merged with: Libraries Board of Victoria. Annual report to form: Library Board of Victoria. Annual report.

Library Board of Victoria. Annual report. [Melbourne]; State Library of Victoria, 1997-
Merger of: Libraries Board of Victoria. Annual report, and State Library of Victoria. Council. Annual report.

Most recent copies available online.