Latest from the Library

November 2020

This month there’s all the latest on the Library upgrade, and keep reading to find out how you can go into the draw to win a $100 Visa gift card.

Library upgrade

On November 4, major upgrades to the Vision Australia Library service will be completed, bringing improvements with a new way to access the Vision Australia Library, a new app and an updated Kiosk.

These upgrades will result in a better user experience.


Will I need to update my VA Connect App?

After November 4 the current version of the VA Connect app will no longer work and if you have not already done so you will need to update it.

If you require assistance to update the app contact our Library team on 1300 654 656 or email


What if I am currently reading a Library book?

If you are part way through reading a book on your device, you will need to find your place again, as all books will start from the beginning on November 4.

We suggest you note your place or finish your book before this date.

We apologise for the inconvenience.


Will the Library service be disrupted?

While we undertake these improvements there may be some delay in or unavailability of some services for a short period.

Further information and user guides are available on this website.

Or via email: or by calling the friendly Library team on 1300 654 656.

Want the chance to win a $100 Visa gift card?

Beginning in November the Vision Australia Library will be giving away $100 Visa gift cards to two lucky Library members each month.

To go into the draw, all you need to do is download and access content on our new improved Library service.

Winners will be drawn at the end of each month.

This incentive will continue until March 2021 (inclusive).

Vision Australia Library special event with special guest Professor Ron McCallum AO

Born at the Right Time, Professor Ron McCallum AO in conversation

Wednesday, December 2, 6:30pm – 7:30pm AEDT (via Zoom)

The Vision Australia Library invites you to a very special evening with Prof. Ron McCallum AO in conversation about his memoir Born at the Right Time.

Blind since birth and from humble beginnings Prof. McCallum has built an incredible career as a lawyer and academic, becoming Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Sydney, 2011 Senior Australian of the Year and chairing the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

In his reflective and quietly witty memoir, Prof. McCallum recounts his early days in post-war suburban Australia through to his school and university years, and living through major changes in society, technology and the lives of people with disability, to achieve his outstanding contributions to his family, profession and community.

Prof. McCallum is an erudite, generous and engaging speaker and this promises to be an enjoyable and illuminating evening.

Click here to register for the exciting webinar.

Victoria Reads The Dressmaker’s Secret with Rosalie Ham - Virtual event

Thursday November 12, 7:30pm-8:30pm AEDT

Victoria reads, The Dressmaker's Secret with Rosalie Ham. Image of a woman wearing a red dress walking on grass

After months of reading alone it’s time to read together!

You are invited to an exclusive reading from The Dressmaker’s Secret, the long-awaited sequel to the best-selling novel and award-winning film, The Dressmaker. Let author Rosalie Ham bring 1950s Melbourne to life with help from a fabulous supporting cast. See Libbi Gorr, Jacinta Parsons and Brian Nankervis voice the characters you love (and a few new favourites) in this event hosted by Public Libraries Victoria’s Angela Savage, then stick around to share your thoughts on this new chapter in Tilly’s life.

Register now to join the discussion via Zoom. Thursday November 12, 7:30-8:30pm AEDT. Register via email to or submit the online form directly at

This event is hosted by Public Libraries Victoria, and is committed to being an inclusive event.

Australia Reads

Australia reads

From 1-12 November, Australians of all walks of life will rediscover the joys of reading as part of the national Australia Reads campaign. Thursday 12 November is the main event, with the Australian Reading Hour.

Celebrate reading with three virtual events being hosted by Australia Reads on youtube:

Australia Reads Main Event – Wednesday 11th November 12.30 PM AEDT

Featuring: Judy Nunn, Peter Fitzsimons, Peter Helliar, Michael Robotham, Dervla McTiernan, Tanya Plibersek, Andy Griffiths, Nikki Gemmell, Anita Heiss, Kevin Sheedy, Virginia Trioli and more.

Australia Reads Kids – Monday 9th November 10.30am AEDT

Featuring: Ursula Dubosarsky, Andy Griffiths, Bluey, Sami Bayly, Anna Fienberg, Osher Gunsberg, Peter Helliar, Jacqueline Harvey, Beck Fiener and more.

Australia Reads Teens – Monday 9th November 12.30pm AEDT

Featuring: Will Kostakis, Rawa Arja, Cath Moore, Amie Kaufman, Danielle Binks, Garth Nix, Jay Kristoff, Alex Dyson, Lisa Fuller, Sally Morgan and more.