Sydney Rare Book Week 2023

Join us at the Library to celebrate Sydney Rare Book Week from 23 – 28 October

Sydney Rare Book Week celebrates the importance of special collections, publishing, book production and collecting. This year, the program consists of free talks, workshops and tours run by a range of organisations. Join us at the University of Sydney for:

Object Based Learning with Rare Books

Guided by Leen Rieth, Object Based Learning Coordinator, this workshop will involve a small selection of items from the Rare Books and Special Collections, and will focus on visual literacy and collaboration. 

Book online here

Introduction to Letterpress Printing workshop

Join artist and printer, Brigitta Summers, to work with the Library’s early 19th century Albion printing press, fondly known as the Piscator Press. You will learn about the history of letterpress printing as well as have the opportunity to set some type and print your very own memento to take home. 

Morning session Afternoon session

You can view the full program online, including events by the State Library of NSW, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, City of Sydney, NSW Guild of Craft Bookbinders, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Moore Theological College, Museums of History NSW, Penrith Museum of Printing.


Sydney Rare Book Fair

Sydney Rare Book Fair will be back at the University of Sydney from 26–28 October 2023. 

Held in our historic MacLaurin Hall, this event brings together Rare Books sellers from across the country. This event is free and open to everyone; come along to view interesting books, prints and ephemera. 

Thursday 26 October: 6-9pm 

Friday 27 October: 10am-5pm 

Saturday 28 October: 10am-4pm 

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