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Rare Book Week

Rare Book Week is an annual, Melbourne-wide program of free talks and events that celebrate the importance of books, literacy and literature in our lives. It has become a key event in literary Melbourne’s calendar since its inaugural occurrence in 2012.

About Rare Book Week at the Library

The Library supports and actively participates in Rare Book Week through free public events held at the Library. These events – including collection talks, exhibition tours, panel discussions and children’s activities – cater to diverse audiences, from children to connoisseurs, generalists to specialists, and everybody in between.

Showcasing our collection

Rare Book Week events at the Library are designed to showcase the breadth and depth of our Rare Books Collection.

This extensive collection encompasses medieval manuscripts and books published prior to the nineteenth century, first editions, books owned by or annotated by significant historical figures, and books that are finely illustrated, beautifully bound or in other ways works of art.

Highlighting our expert staff

The expertise and specialist skills of Library staff who care for, conserve and provide access to the collection for all Victorians are also on show in Rare Book Week events. Library staff like curators, librarians and conservators encourage and enable Victorians to learn from, create with and explore the collection.

Rare Book Week at the Library offers an opportunity for Victorians and visitors to be enriched by encounters with our collection.

Please note that for most events, spaces are limited and bookings are required.

Search our What's on listings for Rare Book Week events at the Library.