Rare Books & Special Collections
Rare Books & Special Collections houses the Library’s most valuable and vulnerable publications, including old and rare books, fine and limited editions, University of Adelaide publications and the specialist Pacific and Theatre collections. It also takes responsibility for the collection and preservation of manuscripts and personal papers of members of the University community, particularly academic staff, and acquires collections of personal and institutional papers relating to its specific research strengths. These include Pacific and indigenous Australian history and language, British and Australian theatre and University of Adelaide history.
Special Collections is located on Level 1 South of the Barr Smith Library and is open from 1.00pm to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday. Service outside of these hours must be arranged in advance with the Special Collections Librarian (telephone: 08 8313 5224).
Adopt a Book Programme
Many of the items housed in Rare Books and Special Collections are in need of repair and restoration to ensure their ongoing availability for future generations of scholars. To this end, the Friends of the University of Adelaide Library are sponsoring an Adopt a Book programme.