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Melbourne Rare Book Week - For the love of books!

Melbourne Rare Book Week - For the love of books!

The Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers announces the Melbourne Rare Book Week from 17th to 27th July 2014, incorporating the 42nd ANZAAB Australian Antiquarian Book Fair from 25th to 27th July at Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne.

Melbourne Rare Book Week commenced in 2012 as a partnership between ANZAAB, the University of Melbourne and eight other literary institutions. It was strongly supported by the City of Melbourne and it was seen as a celebration of Melbourne's designation as a UNESCO City of Literature. In 2013 the partnership increased to 19 libraries, literary and historical societies and bookshops. Over 30 free events were held at different venues throughout Melbourne, attracting local, national and international visitors.

The Melbourne Rare Book Week is now well established in the City of Melbourne’s event calendar. It is a major attraction for book collectors, librarians and all who have a love of words, print on paper and heritage, and the 2014 program promises another outstanding event.

Kay Craddock on behalf of the Melbourne Rare Book Week Committee:

"To date, we have attracted six new event partners from Melbourne’s literary community and all of the 2013 partners have rejoined the program, making a total of 25. New partners are The Library at the Dock (due to open in Docklands in May), Grainger Museum, The Johnson Society of Australia, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (Cowlishaw Library), Royal United Services Institute of Victoria Library and the Victorian College of the Arts.

The City of Melbourne has pledged increased sponsorship funding and will work with us to promote our events at its new Docklands Library. We have been extraordinarily fortunate to engage the support of leading Consumer, Industry and Market Research company, Roy Morgan Research. In addition to hosting several individual events, Roy Morgan Research will be promoting the entire program through its extensive network of marketing, media, corporate, institutional and government customers. On Monday March 17, Gary Morgan and his CEO, Michele Levine, are hosting a media/sponsorship launch of Melbourne Rare Book Week. This will be an opportunity for event partners to promote the program and to network with prospective sponsors and journalists."

Melbourne Rare Book Week - For the love of books!
As part of the Melbourne Rare Book Week, the 42nd ANZAAB Australian Antiquarian Book Fair will be held at the University of Melbourne's historic Wilson Hall, with free admission to all visitors. The 2014 Book Fair will again be held in partnership with the biennial University of Melbourne Cultural Treasures Festival — a program of free exhibitions, thematic walks, talks, seminars, demonstrations, displays and guided tours which showcase the University's rich array of museums and collections.

Also concurrent with Melbourne Rare Book Week, this year, is a major medical event that is expected to bring an extra 25,000 people to Melbourne. The City of Melbourne is hosting the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS2014) from 20th to 25th July, right in the middle of Rare Book Week. This will be the largest medical conference held within Australia. 15,000+ delegates and media are expected. Melbourne Rare Book Week will be linked to the City of Melbourne’s support program of activities for delegates to the AIDS2014 conference.

The 42nd ANZAAB Australian Antiquarian Book Fair

25th to 27th July, 2014, at Wilson Hall, The University of Melbourne

Opening hours:       

Friday, July 25, 6 - 9 pm
Saturday, July 26, 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday, July 27, 10 am - 5 pm

For more information about Melbourne Rare Book Week please visit the official website, for any detailed information concerning the 42nd ANZAAB Australian Antiquarian Book Fair go to or contact the organizers.

Published since 10 Feb 2014