The Round House - Roy Grounds' modernist
    architectural masterpiece - has been converted
    and extended to accommodate the Mona library and
    aptly named Library Gallery.

    The Round House was built in 1958 for Claudio
    Alcorso's parents. It radiates from a circular
    central chimney, wrapped in a spiral staircase.
    The contemporary extension, by Fender Katsalidis
    architects, is comprised of three curved, zinc-clad
    ridges that also radiate from the centre of the house.

    There's a tunnel to take you there, through the
    burrowed earth. There are 10000 books, as well as
    artwork by Anselm Kiefer and others, when you

    You can explore and read; discern the art and
    architecture. If you chew gum or behave like
    a hooligan Mary will throw you out.



    Our book collection reflects David Walsh's tastes
    (which are both prolific and eccentric; as a kid he had
    no friends, so decided to dedicate his small life to
    reading, in Dewey order, the entirety of the Glenorchy
    City Library. Somehow that seems cool now, but it
    wasn't at the time).

    The collection focuses on ancient cultures, particularly
    Egyptian, Greek, Roman and pre-Colombian, and
    modern and contemporary art. There is also a fine
    collection of books on numismatics.



    The precision, polish and elegance of a great museum is
    evident. Repositories of wisdom, they magnify the glory
    of a society as they sanctify. Faceted like diamonds they
    highlight the lustre of the many component cultures
    and fields of endeavour they catalogue. Mona is shells
    on a beach, battered, life extracted, disorganised and
    full of wonderment.

    As a boy I had limited access to the great repositories
    of artefact but I, like most of us, held a library card.
    A real treasure. If a museum is a cultural gemstone
    then a book is cultural Lego.

    -David Walsh



    Some of our favourite art works are displayed in
    the library. Come and see for yourself, and make a
    frottage while you're at it.



    When it comes to punter-collectors like David Walsh,
    Anselm Kiefer gets what he wants. And what he wanted
    in this case was a special pavilion to house his work.
    Access through the tunnel, and to the right of the library.