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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' part 1 for students

The Mirror of the world exhibition showcases many of the rare, beautiful and historically significant books held in the Library’s collections. It celebrates the unique place of books in our hearts and minds.

This series of seven audio dramatisations is based around books and writers featured in the exhibition.

Sir Redmond Barry welcomes you to the exhibition and shares his memories of the Library's first days. As he ponders why books exist, you'll be taken back in time to ancient Sumer where one of the earliest written records was produced.

  • 'Mirror of the world' part 1 for students

Galileo Galilei and his friend discuss the sentence imposed upon him by the Roman Inquisition. He has been forbidden to ever publish anything again and is about to be placed in custody because of his latest book.

During a rehearsal for Hamlet at the Globe Theatre in London in 1600, the famous actor Richard Burbage is not happy with the story and wants Shakespeare to make some changes. Homer and Virgil appear from the past to advise the Bard about what makes a truly great story.

Two saucy dames are travelling into Melbourne on the new High Street tram on a winter's morning in 1955. Mavis likes Carter Brown’s detective novels, but June prefers the writing style of the Larry Kent series. These are hardly books intended for women readers.

A young New Zealand film maker with an idea for a manga film meets a producer friend in a Hollywood Starbucks. He seizes the opportunity and pitches the film to her. The film storyboard comes to life right out of the comic, frame by frame.

The fiery partnership of naval captain Nicholas Baudin and scientist Francois Peron is revealed on the voyage to Australis in 1801. They argue about the incomplete map of the coastline and marvel at the strange animal life that exists in these lands.

William Morris, creator of finely crafted handmade books, mourns the loss of the art and craft of book publishing brought about, he says, by the industrial revolution. Morris speaks from his home, which is also where he established the Kelmscott Press.