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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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 the recent publicly funded acquisition La fin du monde (1919), one of the first artists' books, in which Blaise Cendrars' poem was illustrated by French modernist Fernand Léger, 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.