Sydney Rare Book Week 2022

sydney rare book week with images of old and valuable books

The Library is once again celebrating
Sydney Rare Book Week! 24-28 October 2022

Sydney Rare Book Week is an exciting, free program of events celebrating special collections and literature, at a number of cultural institutions and businesses across Sydney. During Sydney Rare Book Week, we celebrate these rich and valuable items from our Rare Book and Special Collections, that have made an impact across our cultural history.

Sydney Rare Book Week is being held in association with the 2022 Sydney Rare Book Fair, to be held from 28-29 October at MacLaurin Hall.

Sydney Rare Book Week 2022:
Portrait of a Lady’s Commonplace

As part of Sydney Rare Book Week, the Libary will be hosting a talk with Julie McElhone on an 18th-century commonplace held at Fisher Library that book belonged to Lady Mary Wortley Montagu.

She will talk about the process of following the textual threads that connect the manuscript to Lady Mary’s reading and writing, while also looking for evidence of how the book came to be presented by the 5th Earl of Harrowby in 1925 to the Fisher Library which had opened in 1909.

To join this wonderful talk, click on the button below to register via Eventbrite.

Virtual Reading Room Program

If you can’t make it to Sydney Rare Book Week, why not try accessing our rare books with our new Virtual Reading Room program?

Our Virtual Reading Room uses special cameras and video conferencing to provide remote access to our special collections, making our Rare Books and Special Collections more accessible.

You can book one hour for free, with a two day advance notice, so we can check the requested items are suited to the service, before emailing a Zoom meeting link.