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'World of the book' tour

26 February 2022, 11:45am12:45pm
28 February 2022, 10:15am11:15am
05 March 2022, 11:45am12:45pm
BookingsBookings required
Location Meet in Hansen Hall
Swanston Street Welcome Zone
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Join this free guided tour which showcases some of the rarest and most significant works from the Library’s rare books collection.

This one-of-a-kind exhibition charts the rise, and restyling, of the beloved book through the history of book design, production and illustration from the Middle Ages to today.

World of the book features more than 200 never-before-exhibited items and celebrates the unique place books have in our hearts and minds. See rare medieval manuscripts and sacred texts, magnificent natural history and botanical illustration, stunning modern artist books and fine press editions, as well as pioneering Australian classics, children’s books, graphic novels and comics.

The tour goes for one hour, and will run Saturdays at 11.45am and Mondays at 10.15am. Meet your guide at Hansen Hall.

Visitors are encouraged to explore the exhibition themselves after the tour ends.

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.

Planning your visit

Visitors over the age of 12 years and two months will need to check in using the Service Victoria app and will be asked to provide proof of vaccination, either with a digital certificate linked to the Service Vic app or a printed copy of their vaccination certificate along with identification. Read more about a COVID-safe Library