This website showcases some of the State Library of Victoria’s most precious and historically significant books. It is a rare opportunity to look more closely at fragile medieval manuscripts, turn the pages of exquisitely illustrated picture books, zoom in on the meticulously detailed maps or even hear works narrated.
There are four main themes to explore. Inspiration traces the development of books and their power to shape our history. Imagination illustrates the many ways in which books transport us into rich, inner worlds. Exploration charts the importance of books in documenting the discoveries of new lands, peoples, flora and fauna. Innovation looks at books as objects of beauty, artistry and agents of change.
In addition, the Teach & Learn section (look for the link on the bottom bar) contains a series of educational resources for teachers and students. Based around items featured on the Mirror of the World website, the resources are organised into activities for students and accompanying information for teachers.