Current & past exhibitions

Take time out from your day to explore our unique exhibitions and immerse yourself in a world of art, books, history and culture.

The Library presents a dynamic, year-round mix of exhibitions and displays, featuring amazing items from our collections and exhibition items sourced from around the world. Explore some of our previous exhibitions or view our current exhibition program.

Featured exhibition

Mirror of the world: books and ideas

Dome Galleries

Recent acquisitions and new stories are featured in this special exhibition, revealing different aspects of the Library's Rare Books collection. Current highlights include a focus on Japanese kimono patterns, the 19th-century European 'discovery' of Egypt and a selection of rare, never-before-displayed items from the Emmerson collection

Athanasius Kircher, Oedipus Aegyptiaci … [Egyptian Oedipus …], Rome, 1652, State Library Victoria

Current & upcoming exhibitions

Past exhibitions