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Laurie Luxmoore Library

Looking for information on a breed of dog, training methods, genetic information, or just plain good dog stories?

Then pay a visit to the Dogs Victoria Laurie Luxmoore Library at KCC Park.



Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday between 10.00am and 2.00pm.  Other times by arrangement.
Any library enquiries can be directed to Heather Simpson on 03 5998 7493 or via email


The Laurie Luxmoore Library is now accessible worldwide.

Behind the scenes the Library Committee have been working on a major project to have KCC journals digitised on Trove.

Trove is an Australian online library database program and free faceted-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 search your dog’s family history too.

If the only thing you do today is check out these titles, you’ve spent the day wisely.

K.C.C. Kennel Gazette (1932-1962)
Dogs (1962-1969)


The full library collection can be searched using the online catalogue or browsing the lists of books, DVDs and videos below.

New Books

The Laurie Luxmoore Library acquires new items by either donations or purchases. Some of our donations come directly from authors or publishers, other donations are much loved works that require a new home. We accept all donations on anything to do with dogs. Not only books, DVDs and videos, but we love to received magazines and journal from around the world and all states of Australia. Please consider donating your precious works if you no longer require them nor have the space to store them. 

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.              
First dog shows in Victoria - more information here
View old Royal catalogues and pedigrees here

More historical newsreels and footage like this can be sourced from the Library.


View the list of DVDs available (.pdf).

We are slowly transferring many of the old videos onto DVD format. These include training and informational works, entertainment movies and various footages of dog shows from around the world Victorian dog Club shows.

Items for Sale

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. 

Items Needed  

There are certain magazines that we house in the library which are bound at the end of each year. Unfortunately we are missing some issues (see complete list of missing items below).  If you have any journals or magazines from interstate or overseas and you no longer require them, we would love the donations. 

Click here to view the list of 'Missing DVDs'

Click here to view a full list of 'Missing Magazines'

About the Library

The Dogs Victoria Laurie Luxmoore library offers members and the public the largest canine resource centre in Australia. The collection houses over 14,000 items. Books, videos, DVDs, magazines, and research material are available to peruse. If you are a member of Dogs Victoria, you may also borrow the book and DVDs. 

The public is most welcome to research the canine material in the library and a photocopier is available for the photocopying of articles of interest. Students gathering information for school projects or thesis may use the comprehensive material available for study projects. Film companies have already made use of the extensive material on offer.

Children are catered for with many story books and easy to read children's books on dogs and the care of canines. There is also a range of light reading stories for adults.

Pedigrees of dogs prior to the 1960's are sleeved in clear covers for those interested in researching their dogs' ancestors. The pedigrees of dogs from the 1960s and 1970s are available on the old orange card system for viewing or coping. The library also has approximately 50 years of the Australian Veterinary Association's journals bound up for research on many subjects of animal health, care and wellbeing.  

The DVD section contains breed standards elaborations, seminars, dog shows and general information on care, maintenance and showing of dogs. There are also a number of movie length feature films depicting dogs. 

There are many DVD's on various canine topics, e.g. herding, obedience, rally o, agility, dances with dogs, breeding, general training, search & rescue, whelping, mushing etc.

The library has an extensive range of magazines from around the world. 

As the periodicals are received from each state in Australia, they are bound for safe keeping and ease of access. The library has gone to great lengths to complete as many Australian publications as possible. It is believed that the Laurie Luxmoore Library houses the only completed sets of some Australian periodicals in existence. 

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.   

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