27 September, 2009

Mirror of the World - SLV

Mirror of the World: Books & Ideas

This exhibition showcases many of the rare, beautiful and historically significant books held in the Library’s collections. Located in the galleries overlooking the magnificent La Trobe Reading Room, this exhibition celebrates the unique place of books in our hearts and minds.

Mirror of the World: Books & Ideas provides an overview of the history of book production, design and illustration, with a display of fine examples from the Library's collections dating from the Middle Ages to the present day. The title of the exhibition is taken from William Caxton’s Myrrour of the Worlde (1490), one of the first illustrated books published in England.

Read more about the exhibition themes >

These recordings complement the material in the exhibition. Using voice, sound effects and music, the Mirror of the World audio dramatisations bring some of the key figures in the history of books to life.

Audio for the general public >
Audio for secondary students >

Dome Galleries

Cowen Gallery


Murdock Gallery

24 April 2009 - 25 October 2009

The Independent Type: Books and Writing in Victoria is a free exhibition that celebrates Victoria's rich and diverse written culture, highlighting the stories, the voices and the spirit of independence that have made our literature unique.

Get more out of your visit to the The Independent Type exhibition by taking our audio tour, narrated by Ramona Koval, host of ABC Radio National's The Book Show.


The State Library of Victoria is on the corner of Swanston and La Trobe Streets at the northern edge of Melbourne's central business district.

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