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'World of the book' tour


Chiromantia [Chiromancy], Padua, Matthaeus Cerdonis, 1484
16 March 202031 May 2020
Bookings not required, except for groups. Tel 8664 7099 for more information.
Location Meet in Hansen Hall
Swanston Street Welcome Zone
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Tour cancelled

State Library Victoria is temporarily closed until further notice and all Library programs are cancelled or postponed until at least 13 April 2020. Full refunds will be issued and the Library will be in touch with ticket holders over the coming weeks. This does not affect events by Showtime Event Group.

This decision was not taken lightly and is a preventative step to support the health and wellbeing of staff and volunteers and help stem the spread of COVID-19 in the Victorian community.

For full details on State Library Victoria’s temporary closure please visit our information page.

About the tour

Join this free daily tour of the magnificent domed La Trobe Reading Room at 11.30am 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.

Meet in Hansen Hall at 11.30am to join a tour.

If you'd like to borrow a portable audio loop unit before joining a guided tour or attending an event, ask your tour guide or staff in the Swanston Street foyer for assistance.

For school tours, browse our range of programs for primary and secondary school groups, led by education professionals.