Boundless Curiosity


04/11/2022 - 21/01/2023

In 2022 we celebrated the Library's 140th anniversary.

BOUNDLESS CURIOSITY brought to life the remarkable story of our origins. Thomas Guille and Frederick Allès were childhood friends who left the island as teenagers in the 1830s to seek their fortune in New York. Amazed by the libraries they found there, they shared a lifelong dream to one day return home and start one of their own.

The exhibition explored this incredible story and showed some of the treasures in our collection that aren't normally on public display - including The Birds of America, one of the rarest and most beautiful books in the world.

Boundless Curiosity has come to an end, but the exhibition lives on in virtual reality! Click the link below to explore our VIRTUAL TOUR


Boundless Curiosity Video

Find out more about this landmark exhibition and the story behind The Birds of America.

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