Library Week tours filling fast
Ever wondered what's behind the closed doors of the Library? Our enthusiastic and very knowledgeable staff will take you behind the scenes to show you some of our hidden treasures and our great new spaces and facilities. We're about so much else in addition to books!
There will be three tours, each hosted by an experienced tour guide. Registration is essential. Tours are open to staff and students of the University and members of the public.
- "Meet Percy, Louise and Lenton" Monday 21 May from 2pm - 4:45pm. Meeting point: Front door of Grainger Museum, Royal Parade, Parkville.
Highlights of this tour include a curator's tour of the Grainger Museum, a look at the new Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Library, and a look behind the scenes at the Lenton Parr Library at the Victorian College of the Arts and Music, each with some unique collection items to share with you. We have timed this tour to start straight after the free lunch time concert in the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music; you may like to start your tour experience by hearing Davide Monti from 1:10pm.
- "What is old is new again - Precious archives and collections made digital" Wednesday 23 May from 2pm - 4:45pm. Meeting point: Archives - 120 Dawson Street, Brunswick.
Tour highlights: Selected treasures from the Archives with Helen McLaughlin and Sophia Garrett; inside the archives repository and the new store with Robert Hamilton; a peek at our Map Collection with a talk from curator David Jones; and a tour through our state of the art Digitisation Centre where Joe Arthur will show you how we digitise and stitch large maps and bring them into the future with Google overlay maps.
Please note you'll need flat shoes for this tour as for a part you'll be walking on metal grating with holes in it, heels are not safe footwear on this surface.
- "Empire Day with Special Collections" Thursday 24 May from 3pm - 4pm. Meeting point: Foyer of Reading Room, Level 3, Baillieu Library.
Tour itinerary includes a behind the scenes look at the Reading Room, Gentleman's Library and Print room; at each stop we'll show you a few selected pieces relating to the past celebration of Empire Day. Pam Pryde, the curator of Special Collections will lead this tour.
Spaces are limited for each of these tours, so make sure you register for one or more tours soon.
Contact: Kylie Nickels
Phone: 8344 7617