How do I find miniature books in the NLA collection?

Smallest book in the world presented as a gift to the National Library of Australia, New South Wales  ca. 1930, nla.obj-163133700

The National Library's collection holds many miniature books measuring less than 10cm.

Traditionally, two prefixes to call numbers have been used to identify miniature books in the collection. These are 'rbmin' and 'rb min'.

You can search for these items in our catalogue. Start by typing "rb min" in the search box (include quotation marks), then click on Find. Repeat the search but use rbmin as the search term. 

The smallest book in the Library's collection is significantly smaller than the 1930 book pictured above. Our smallest book is titled The smallest book in the world = das kleinste Buch der Welt, and measures 2.9 x 2.4 mm. It was created by German typographer Josua Reichert in 2002.

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