The Brotherhood of St Laurence library provides an excellent social research and policy resource for the wider community sector, researchers, students and the general public.
One of the few services of its type in Australia, the Brotherhood's Social Policy Library has operated since 1943, supporting the organisation's research and service initiatives as they have developed over time.
The online services delivered by our professional librarians include:
Our in-house services include:
You may be able to borrow some resources by inter-library loan. This can be arranged through your local public library, or if you are a student, your university or TAFE library.
The Library also holds a rich historical collection, including photos, letters, diaries, newsletters and artefacts which provide a fascinating window into the fight against poverty in Fitzroy and inner city Melbourne since the 1940s.
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Source is our current awareness service, a website designed to keep readers up to date with the latest information on topics ranging from poverty and unemployment to energy and climate change.
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The library catalogue provides access to our extensive collection of social policy materials.Many reports are accessible online. Visit our online catalogue »
We are in the process of digitising our wonderful collection of historical photographs, letters, newsletters and other materials. They will ultimately be available online.
The Library is open to the public by appointment. Please contact us to arrange a suitable time. Library hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (closed public holidays).
Brotherhood of St Laurence Social Policy Library67 Brunswick StreetFitzroy, Victoria 3065Phone: (03) 9483 1103Email: library(at)bsl.org.auTwitter: @bsl_library
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The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse. Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.
Acknowledgement of country
The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.