Catalogue service interruption: Due to an upgrade, the catalogue will be unavailable from 9pm AEST on Wednesday, 3 September until 10am AEST Thursday, 4 September. We apologise for any inconvenience.

La Trobe Reading Room event: A traditional Chinese drum performance will be held in the La Trobe Reading Room on Thursday 4 September, from 6pm until 6.10pm. More information

Catalogue service interruption & La Trobe Reading Room event
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Mirror of the world: books and ideas

Wednesday 1 January 2014 - Wednesday 31 December 2014
Not required. Tel 03 8664 7099 for more information.
Dome Galleries
Levels 4 & 5, Main entry, Swanston St
Has wheelchair access

View rare, beautiful and historically significant books, from Audubon's magnificent Birds of America to 1950s pulp crime fiction and contemporary works of art and design.

Located in the galleries overlooking the magnificent La Trobe Reading Room, this exhibition celebrates the unique place of books in our hearts and minds.

Mirror of the world: books and ideas provides an overview of the history of book production, design and illustration, with a display of fine examples from the Library's collections dating from the Middle Ages to the present day.

The exhibition's title is taken from William Caxton's Myrrour of the worlde (1490), one of the first illustrated books published in England.

Opening hours

This free exhibition is open 10am–5pm daily.