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Library early closure: The Library will close at 5pm on Thursday 23 October to prepare for the annual Keith Murdoch Oration. More information

Facade conservation & repair works: Over the next few weeks there will be intermittent noise in the La Trobe Reading Room while work is carried out on the external walls. More information

Library early closure & facade conservation works
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From architecture to ornament: the Melbourne Public Library in the 19th century

Thursday 25 July 2013, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Village Roadshow Theatrette
Entry 3, La Trobe St
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In celebration of the centenary of the domed La Trobe Reading Room, Professor Harriet Edquist (RMIT) will reflect on the intersections of design and architectural history with the history of Melbourne and its public library, now the State Library of Victoria.

Professor Edquist will also look at one of the featured items in the Free, secular and democratic exhibition, Owen Jones’s book, The grammar of ornament, its influence on colonial liberals such as judge Sir Redmond Barry and architect Joseph Reed, and the design of Melbourne’s historic public buildings.

This is one of many Dome Centenary events taking place in 2013, to celebrate our iconic dome and all that it enables.