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State Library Victoria

328 Swanston Street

Meet in Hansen Hall

Melbourne, VIC 3000

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Join this free guided tour which showcases some of the rarest and most significant works from the Library’s rare books collection.

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This one-of-a-kind exhibition charts the rise, and restyling, of the beloved book through the history of book design, production and illustration from the Middle Ages to today.

World of the book features more than 200 never-before-exhibited items and celebrates the unique place books have in our hearts and minds. See rare medieval manuscripts and sacred texts, magnificent natural history and botanical illustration, stunning modern artist books and fine press editions, as well as pioneering Australian classics, children’s books, graphic novels and comics.

The tour goes for one hour, and will run Mondays at 11:45am and Thursdays at 2pm. Meet your guide at Hansen Hall.

Visitors are encouraged to explore the exhibition themselves after the tour ends.

The World of the book exhibition is on Level 4 of the Dome Galleries, overlooking the La Trobe Reading Room in the heart of the Library.

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State Library Victoria

328 Swanston Street

Meet in Hansen Hall

Melbourne, VIC 3000

Australia

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State Library Victoria is Australia’s oldest public library and a beautiful heritage building located in the heart of Melbourne. The Library’s distinctive spaces, from the 19th-century Ian Potter Queen’s Hall, to the contemporary theatrette are host to a diverse range of vibrant programming for all ages. Boasting beautiful surrounds, the Library is a welcoming place to languish on the lawn, play a game of giant chess or take in a pop-up event on the forecourt. Free exhibitions line the balconies of the majestic domed reading room; see Ned Kelly's armour and Jerilderie letter, Burke and Wills relics and a host of other treasures.

Enjoy books, music, newspapers, and free wi-fi and lockers.

Open daily, with a cafe and bookshop onsite. 

 

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