'World of the book' tour

Chiromantia [Chiromancy], Padua, Matthaeus Cerdonis, 1484
18 April 2019, 11:30am12:30pm
23 April 2019, 11:30am12:30pm
24 April 2019, 11:30am12:30pm
26 April 2019, 11:30am12:30pm
27 April 2019, 11:30am12:30pm
28 April 2019, 11:30am12:30pm
29 April 2019, 11:30am12:30pm
30 April 2019, 11:30am12:30pm
01 May 2019, 11:30am12:30pm
02 May 2019, 11:30am12:30pm
03 May 2019, 11:30am12:30pm
04 May 2019, 11:30am12:30pm
05 May 2019, 11:30am12:30pm
06 May 2019, 11:30am12:30pm
07 May 2019, 11:30am12:30pm
08 May 2019, 11:30am12:30pm
09 May 2019, 11:30am12:30pm
10 May 2019, 11:30am12:30pm
Bookings not required, except for groups. Tel 8664 7099 for more information. Meet next to Readings Bookshop in Russell Street Welcome Zone at 11.30am.
Location Meet next to Readings Bookshop
Russell Street Welcome Zone
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

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 next to Readings Bookshop in the Russell Street Welcome Zone at 11.30am to join a tour.

Please note that tours will not run on the following public holidays;

  • Good Friday 19 April
  • Easter Saturday 20 April
  • Easter Sunday 21 April
  • Easter Monday 22 April
  • Anzac Day Thursday 25 April

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 Russell Street Welcome Zone for assistance.

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