Welcome to State Library Victoria’s online learning hub

In our safe, easy-to-use learning environment, you can get tips from trusted experts, work at your own pace and try out your new-found skills. 

Learn with us. 

  • Build your confidence online
  • Discover new skills
  • Share information and stories

    Available courses

    Unlock collections

    This self-paced course is designed to help researchers of all levels find information and collections in different organisations.

    We'll explore the different collecting organisations and the types of information they collect.

    We'll also show you how to search for collections online and how to access research databases.

    Get online

    This self-paced course is designed to help you understand basic concepts and tools so you can use the internet with confidence.

    From browsers to search engines, bookmarks to email, our user-friendly course introduces newcomers to the web using simple to understand language and easy steps.

    You'll also learn about shopping online safely and using social media such as Facebook.

    Search skills

    This self-paced course is for everyone who wants to improve their online search skills. Whatever the information you're seeking - from family history to a research project, restaurant reviews to health advice - we'll show you how to retrieve the most effective, reliable search results.

    We'll look at using keywords and search operators, how to identify bias and ways to quickly make sense of your search results.

    The course also introduces you to the range of information resources held by libraries, both online and on the shelves.

    Jump start May 2017

    This practical online course is designed to help information professionals thrive in the digital environment.

    The six-week course covers a range of topics and activities, including:

    • identifying different sources of digital information
    • ways to enhance your online search skills
    • finding information you can trust
    • using social media as a research tool
    • different ways of storing and sharing information
    • participating in discussion forums
    • exploring key course concepts through a topic that interests you.

    Jump start is a professional development course available to Victorian public library staff. It isn’t currently available to the general public. Contact learning@slv.vic.gov.au for more information.

    Branching out March 2017

    This expertly curated, practical online course guides you through the processes and resources involved in family history research.

    Short activities and case studies offer hands-on research scenarios to explore, and we provide support and interaction in a friendly forum environment.

    Most importantly, Branching out introduces you to the rich array of resources available for family historians, from genealogy databases to the State Library's peerless online and physical resources. Enhance your online skills, and learn helpful tips and tricks you can use for any research task.

    Branching out is a professional development course available to Victorian public library staff. It isn’t currently available to the general public. Contact learning@slv.vic.gov.au for more information.