The VACL Library is a unique and highly significant resource. It features the most complete holdings of materials on Victorian Aboriginal languages in existence, and is the only place prioritising Community as well as historical and linguistic materials.
The library's focus is on Aboriginal languages in Victoria, however the collection extends to resources on interstate languages, as well as covering issues of endangered languages and language reclamation around the world. The diverse range of subject areas includes linguistics, history, sociology, education and botany.
Our library is also a repository for Indigenous Communities to store a copy of their language material as a backup to their own copy. Manuscripts, microfilms, rare books and materials of cultural sensitivity may have access restrictions attached to viewing and copying. The depositor specifies these restrictions. Restrictions on rare books are in line with conservation and archival practice. Restrictions on culturally sensitive materials are made on the advice of the appropriate Indigenous communities or individuals.
Material is not available for personal loan but most material can be photocopied at 5c per A4 sheet.
The library is open for access to the public Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Please call to arrange a suitable time. This gives us time to locate materials that will be of interest to you and to arrange for staff to be available during your visit.
The VACL Library is now available online via Victorian Collections. To browse VACL's online collection click on the Victorian Collections icon below.