Currently on show, "Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond", a spectacular exhibit showcasing over 60 manuscripts, including illustrated 13th to 18th century manuscripts from Persia, Mughal India, and Turkey. Open daily 10am-5pm (to 9pm on Thursday) until July 1st.
Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond
Permanent and free exhibitions include "Mirror of the World: Books and Ideas" on level 4, which celebrates the history of book production and design; and "The changing face of Victoria" on level 5, a collection of artefacts, illustrations and prose that have shaped the life of Victoria, including a replica of Ned Kelly's amour.
Hand painted account of plants
Redhead matches - shaping Victoria
Other activities in the library include a cinema screening every second Wednesday at noon and at 6.30pm; bookings are required for the evening session, however entry is free to all shows.
A range of free learning programs are also offered such as a genealogy workshop, and effectively using library and internet resources. Specific learning programs may be arranged for groups at an hourly fee of $5.50 per person to learn about topics such as art, literature, health, business and history.
There are many free activities for children too – regular story time, and during the school holidays, listen to story-tellers, play games, and make your own book or Ned Kelly helmet. A beautiful building which provides a perfect place to read a book, study, or escape the noise of the city.