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Laurie Luxmoore Library


Dogs Victoria's Laurie Luxmoore Library provides members (and the public) access to the largest canine resource centre in Australia.

Our collection houses over 15,000 items, which includes - Books, DVDs, magazines, science journals, and other research material.  We house everything from children's books, and light reading for adults, to detailed breed and pedigree resources.  Our locked collection includes books dating back to 1839, and we contain the only complete collection of Royal Show Catalogues from each state.  We also retain journals/gazettes from every state of Australia.

The library has gone to great lengths to complete as many Australian publications as possible. It is believed that the Laurie Luxmoore Library stores the only completed sets of some Australian periodicals in existence.

Are you looking for information on a breed of dog, training methods, obedience, agility, herding, dancing with dogs, puppy raising, natural health, genetic information, or just plain good dog stories? 

The full library collection can be searched using the online catalogue which lists our collection of books.

Everyone is welcome to research the materials housed in the library collection.  Dogs Victoria Members are also permitted to borrow books and DVD's.  

Location and opening times
Dogs Victoria's Laurie Luxmoore Library is located at KCC Park (State Dog Centre), 655 Western Port Highway, Skye Vic 3977 in the reception building.

Please phone 9782 2984 during open times with any queries you may have.

Please click here for opening days from December 2023 to February 2024. The library is open 10am - 2pm on open days. 


The Library can be open for researchers at other times by arrangement.

Any library enquiries can be directed to Clare Hodges via email at library@dogsvictoria.org.au


Donations & Sales


The Laurie Luxmoore Library acquires new items either from donations or through purchases. Some of our donations come directly from authors or publishers, other donations are much-loved works that require a new home.

The library has been very fortunate over the years to receive countless generous donations. Many are bequests from past members of the Kennel Control Council and we are very grateful for their generosity. Some of these contributions contain rare and out-of-print books. These are kept in the 'locked collection' along with the library's other treasures.

Please consider donating your precious works if you no longer require them or have the space to store them. We accept all donations on anything to do with dogs. Not only books and DVDs, but we love to receive magazines and journals from around the world and all states of Australia.

When the library receives donations we evaluate the books on condition, rarity, and if we already have multiple copies of that edition. Hence, we have some very old and not so old, books for sale.

If you are interested in purchasing old books and breed specialty magazines feel free to come and browse through our “For Sale” items, you may find just the item you have been looking for.


Library News

Historical KCC Journals now available on Trove

The Laurie Luxmoore Library Committee have been working on a major project to have KCC journals digitised on Trove.  Meaning that they are now available online in digital format.

Trove is an Australian online library database program and search engine hosted by the National Library of Australia. It is one of the most well-respected and accessed GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums) services in Australia with over 70,000 daily users.

It is a major accomplishment to have our journals available on Trove. You can even research your dog’s family history too. Click on the links below.

K.C.C. Kennel Gazette (1932-1962)
Dogs: the K.C.C. Kennel Gazette (1962-1970)
Dogs on the bench & in the field (the Kennel Control Council annual)

Royal Show Catalogues & Pedigrees Digitised
Royal Show catalogues and very old pedigrees dating back to 1911 have all now been digitized and are available for researchers, please contact corwin@iinet.net.au for further information on how you may acquire this history.


Breed Club Collections
We now have many breed clubs' library collections housed on our shelves. Each item is clearly catalogued on the computer as belonging to the particular club.

This simply means that if the club requests the return of the items at any stage, the computer prints out the list and the items are returned to the club. If you are the custodian of your breed club's books, you may wish to consider housing them within the Dogs Victoria library.

From the Archives
Click here to view a news reel from the Ballarat Kennel Club Show of 1912.