Join a free guided tour of the magnificent domed La Trobe Reading Room and see highlights of the World of the book exhibition.
See rare and significant works that showcase the history of book design, production and illustration from the Middle Ages to today. New items and stories are now on display in this exhibition, revealing different aspects of the Library’s Rare Books collection.
Highlights include key works of philosophy and science that changed the world, atlases and maps from European voyages of discovery, some of the earliest uses of photography, stunning modern artist books, as well as selected highlights from the John Emmerson collection of 17th-century printed works.
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.
Tours are held daily from 11.30am to 12.30pm, except for public holidays and the extended Christmas period. Meet in the Library’s front foyer at 11.30am to join a tour.
Summer tours: please note that the final World of the book tour for 2017 will run on Friday 15 December. Tours will resume on Monday 8 January 2018.
Note: this tour is for the general public. For school tours, browse our range of programs for primary and secondary school groups, led by education professionals.