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Dunedin Rare Book School cancelled for 2022

Welcome to the Dunedin Australasian Rare Book School

The school will be held the week of 1 to 5 February 2021The 2021 Rare Book Summer School has had to be postponed for a year in hope that travel will resume and make it possible for our international instructors to come teach.  A decision about dates and options for the 2022 version will appear here in April or May 2021.

Despite holding out until July, I regret that we will not be able to offer a Dunedin Rare Book School in early 2022.  Discussions are ongoing among the various venues about options for 2023 and we hope to be able to post more information in early 2022.  So keep a watching brief and I will do my best to ensure something goes ahead as soon as travel seems safe and reliable.  In the meantime, the Bibliographical Society of America, SHARP, and our very own Centre for the Book will continue to provide online opportunities to learn about books.

Full descriptions of the papers on offer are linked below, and each will include an advance reading list by the end of March.  Application forms are also available to download in .doc and .pdf formats.  Finally, there are links to sites with further information about Dunedin.  We hope we will see you in the sunny south for some exceptional study opportunities.

The following papers will be offered in 2021 in Dunedin.
Please follow the links for details about any of them.

Practical information:
All classes offer a list of advance readings that students are expected to complete prior to beginning the class.

Classes run 9–5 Monday through Friday, with an opening reception on Sunday evening, 31 January, and a closing reception late Friday afternoon. All classes include morning and afternoon teas and a public lecture on Wednesday evening.

Tuition for the week is NZ$1000 (c. AUS$950; US$650; £500; €600). Applications close 1 November 2020.  For information about travel and accommodation, please see the links below.  If you have any further questions, please drop us a note at or phone 64-3-479-8892.

Extend Your Visit
Waitangi Day falls on Saturday, 6 February, with Monday the 8th a public holiday for NZers.  Why not take the opportunity to enjoy a long weekend on the southern coast in the Catlins or Riverton, or amid the gourmet delights of Central Otago?

Dunedin Information
The venue
The classes will meet in the Central Library at the University of Otago.  There are many cafes and restaurants in walking distance from the venue.

There are numerous hotels and motels within walking distance of the University of Otago. Please visit Dunedinnz to see a full range of accommodation in the city.  It is also possible that some of the halls of residence on campus may have rooms available.  Please see this page for information on short-term accommodation options via the University’s accommodation office.

It will be summertime, but Dunedin does have a reputation for experiencing four seasons in one day! Average temperatures for Dunedin range from a minimum of 11°C to a maximum of 16°C. For day to day weather, visit MetService.

Dunedin International Airport is 30 km from the University of Otago, with a drive time of around 30 minutes. A taxi fare from the airport to Dunedin city is typically around $100 and if you inform of us of your flight plans we will try to let you know who might be on the flight to share a ride.  More affordable shuttles are also available; the cost varies according to the number of passengers but fares start from $20. Best to book in advance.

The University of Otago campus is within walking distance from the Octagon, the centre of the city. Buses regularly run from campus to the Octagon. Some services continue on to popular St Clair Beach.

Known for its wildlife, heritage, arts, coffee scene, and lots more, Dunedin is full things to see and do.

All babysitters at Belle Babysitters are fully referenced and have first aid certificates.