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Library early closure: The Library will close at 5pm on Thursday 23 October to prepare for the annual Keith Murdoch Oration. More information

Facade conservation & repair works: Over the next few weeks there will be intermittent noise in the La Trobe Reading Room while work is carried out on the external walls. More information

Library early closure & facade conservation works
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'Mirror of the world' audio dramatisation: introduction

This series of seven audio dramatisations is based around books and writers featured in the Mirror of the world exhibition. The exhibition showcases many of the rare, beautiful and historically significant books held in the Library’s collections. It celebrates the unique place of books in our hearts and minds.

In this introduction, Sir Redmond Barry welcomes you to the exhibition and shares his memories of the Library's first days. As he ponders why books exist, you'll be taken back in time to ancient Sumer where one of the earliest written records was produced.