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World of the Book 2019

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A one-of-a-kind exhibition from the Middle Ages to today
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World of the Book at the State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne is a one-of-a-kind exhibition that'll bring you the history of book design, production and illustration, from the Middle Ages to today. This is an ongoing exhibition with content refreshed every year. Current run dates and times are from 10am to 6pm everyday (till 9pm Thursdays) from now till 6 Jan 2020 and beyond, with daily tours at 11.30am.


Find rare medieval manuscripts, sacred texts, magnificent natural history and botanical illustrations will all be showcased. Stunning modern artist books and fine press editions will also be on show. Discover pioneering Australian classics, children's books, graphic novels and comics, and cutting-edge graphic design. This is a celebration of the unique place books have in our hearts and minds, the places it takes us to; and sometimes, breaks the mould and changes the world. The exhibition explores the following five themes.


You can download the exhibition labels in pdf format to read on your own device at leisure. To explore the themes below fully, head to the event page and website.



Books are mirrors of many worlds: worlds here and distant, past and present, real and imagined. Through text and image, they act as keepers of ideas, of knowledge and of stories. Sounds like a great reason to immerse yourself in this rare exhibition. While you're there you can check out the newly reopened original reading room of State Library Victoria. After a 16 year closure it's now open to the public, so don't miss the opportunity to view this most breathtaking heritage space. During restoration layers of paint have been scraped back in selected sections around the hall to reveal the original decorative paint scheme created by Edward La Trobe Bateman in 1859.

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Why? World of the Book 2019
When: 6 Dec 2019 to 5 Jan 2020 - 10am to 6pm everyday (till 9pm on Thursdays)
Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne, VIC
Cost: Free Entry
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