Barr Smith Library Appeal

The Barr Smith Library is more than just a place to study – for almost 130 years it has been a place where students and researchers alike have found support and space for quiet reflection, while still being at the very heart of our North Terrace Campus.

When you give to the Barr Smith Library appeal, you are preserving those experiences for generations of students to come.

Fund critical library resources

When you donate to the Barr Smith Library Appeal, you are directly supporting our students and researchers. 

Give now

Your gift will directly support our students and researchers. This year, we are asking you to make a gift to secure access to two important collections: the Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall, and Migrations to New Worlds.

Young male student is smiling at the camera, wearing glasses and a denim jacket.

"As a student, having access to the Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall is utterly invaluable. The Berlin Philharmonic is one of the great orchestras, and frequently visited by top soloists and conductors. Being able to see and hear the work, in exceptional detail and quality, of these amazing musicians means developing an understanding of the world’s best musical minds. Seeing this informs our own developing musicianship and standards. Beyond all of this, the Digital Concert Hall shows us the highest standard of performance for us to aspire to."

- Andrew Groch, student, Master of Music (Performance Studies)

Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall

This remarkable collection offers access to a library of more than 1,700 works performed by globally celebrated classical musicians, 45 live broadcasts each season, historic recordings, 270 interviews with artists, documentaries and films, and a selection of concerts.

The collection is both a teaching resource and a source of inspiration for our students in the Elder Conservatorium.

Migration to New Worlds

This is a collection of primary sources that have been digitally preserved, tracing emigration across 200 years. The impact and relevance of this collection stretches across wide-ranging disciplines, including politics, history and religion.

The impact of digital collections

In 1878, the library collection boasted 324 titles in support of the University's 40 students. In 2019, the library's collections have nearly 1.5 million hard copy items and nearly 1.2 million electronic resources. These collections support a 30,000 strong community of learners. What we know about the library, however, is that it is so much more than the sum of its collections.

The Barr Smith Library has always held a special place in our history. It supports our researchers and contributes to our position as South Australia's premier research-intensive University. It supports our students across the full breadth of the University, from undergraduate to postgraduate studies.

The needs of students arriving at the University of Adelaide today are radically different from students who arrived 10 or 20 years ago. Across our almost 150 year history, we have consistently delivered the most prestigious tertiary education in the State and take pride in shaping the leaders of tomorrow.

We are committed to fostering excellence, which means adapting our teaching and learning resources to meet these evolving needs. The nature of study and research in 2019 demands a strong digital focus and it is our job to deliver this.

For a discussion about how you can support the Barr Smith Library Appeal, please get in touch with our Development team on +61 8 8313 5800 or