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'World of the book' tour

30 May 2022, 11:45am24 September 2022, 12:45pm
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.

Please note: 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.

State Library Victoria Cultural, Family & Student members get early access to our upcoming events. To get your tickets ahead of the crowd, become a member today.

Planning your visit

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