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Barr Smith Library Appeal

Teresa Chitty

Teresa Chitty, the University Librarian

Supporting an iconic space in the University

The Barr Smith Library has been the beating heart of the University of Adelaide for almost 145 years. It has played a crucial role in supporting generations of students as they step into higher education.

Many of our valued alumni recall time spent in the Barr Smith Library Reading Room with great fondness. A gift to the Barr Smith Library Appeal will ensure students, staff and researchers can continue to access this remarkable resource for years to come. Will you make a gift today to continue the legacy of the Barr Smith Library?

Bridging the gap between hard copy and online collections

Our hard copy collections include more than two million items and our online collections are ever-growing. This is thanks to our generous community of supporters who give to the Barr Smith Library Appeal each year.

As we embrace the digital age, we believe the Barr Smith Library has a tremendously important role to play in delivering the best resources to our students.

Today, we’re asking you to make a gift to the Barr Smith Library Appeal. Your donation will directly support students, researchers and teachers - today, tomorrow and for years to come.

Your gift will fund a one-of-a-kind collection

This year, donations to the Barr Smith Library Appeal will fund access to the Frontier Life Online Collection. This collection is a truly unique resource, focused on the lives of people on the edge of European settlement across various frontiers from 1650 to 1920. This collection will offer our community the opportunity to study themes ranging from colonialism, imperialism, and historical geography to natural history, indigenous communities, and trade and economic history.

Help us secure access to the Frontier Life Online Collection

Your gift will give our community access to one of the most exciting online collections available. Students, researchers and teachers from all Schools at the University will be able to engage with the collection and benefit from it. Please make a gift today.

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For more information contact +61 8 8313 5800 or email

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