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World of the Book Tour

06 February 2023, 10:15am11:15am
09 February 2023, 11:45am12:45pm
11 February 2023, 11:45am12:45pm
12 February 2023, 1:30pm2:30pm
Bookings Bookings required
Location Meet in Hansen Hall
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Join this free guided tour which showcases some of the rarest and most significant works from the Library’s rare books collection.

This one-of-a-kind exhibition charts the rise, and restyling, of the beloved book through the history of book design, production and illustration from the Middle Ages to today.

World of the Book features more than 200 never-before-exhibited items and celebrates the unique place books have in our hearts and minds. See rare medieval manuscripts and sacred texts, magnificent natural history and botanical illustration, stunning modern artist books and fine press editions, as well as pioneering Australian classics, children’s books, graphic novels and comics.

Please note: the tour goes for one hour, and will run Saturdays at 11.45am, Sundays at 2.30pm, Mondays at 10.15am and Thursdays at 11:45am. Meet your guide at Hansen Hall.

Visitors are encouraged to explore the exhibition themselves after the tour ends.

The World of the Book exhibition is on Level 4 of the Dome Galleries, overlooking the La Trobe Reading Room in the heart of the Library.

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