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The dome balconies

05 August 2020

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The charming, narrow balconies along the domed La Trobe Reading Room's walls once held books that were an intrinsic part of the State collection. 

But there's a very good reason why you never, ever see anybody up there now. 

Join Kate Torney for an abridged history of the dome's book-laden balconies ... which for more than a century have furnished not only this iconic space, but also the daydreams and nostalgic reveries of its many visitors.

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In this video series, join former CEO Kate Torney for exclusive insights into her most cherished collection items, spaces (including some that even staff can't access!), legends and legacies at State Library Victoria.

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