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Become a Friend of the Library

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The Friends of the University of Adelaide Library network promotes and fosters interest and support for the University Library from alumni and the wider community.

The Friends also increase and broaden knowledge of the collections and services of the library, develop relationships with other libraries and cultural organisations, and assist with fundraising activities.

Membership of this network is available to:

  • University of Adelaide Graduates
  • Current students
  • Past and present staff members of the University
  • Anyone who has a common interest in the objectives of the network

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Upcoming events

  • 16 August 2018 Lunchtime discovery*: Emma McEwin [2016 Bill Cowan Barr Smith Library Fellow]: Nancy Atkinson: pioneer bacteriologist from 1939 at the University of Adelaide and the Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science
  • 20 September 2018: Lucy Treloar : Salt Creek [Picador]
  • 18 October 2018: Ashley Mallett : Boys of St Francis [Wakefield]
  • 15 November 2018: Cheryl Williss : Miss Marryat's Circle: a story from South Australia [Wakefield]

Events are open to all, with $5 admission payable at the door - FREE for current students. Author and scholar events are proudly sponsored by Wakefield Press and Mantra Hotel. Wines are sponsored by Coriole Vineyards.

*The Barr Smith Discovery Series is a one-hour lunchtime series, offering first-hand accounts of discoveries in the Barr Smith Library and information regarding the usage of the collections for research.

View the past events archive or access digital recordings of author and scholar events.

Benefits of membership

To become a member, please complete this online form and select the Friends of the University of Adelaide Library option under Join a network.

Benefits of becoming a Friend include:

Download the Friends Terms of Reference.


The Barr Smith library holds many early printed and rare books collected largely through generous donation. This is a working collection and these unique and valuable resources support and stimulate the University's extensive and varied teaching and research programs. many of these items, now housed in Rare Books and Special Collections, are in need of repair and restoration to ensure the works are available for the continued benefit of future generations of scholars.

Robert Barr Smith scrapbook appeal 2018

Help the Friends purchase this important scrapbook by the University Library's founding benefactor Robert Barr Smith. This scrapbook will complete a set of four held in Rare Books and Special Collections. We kindly welcome your donation.

Friends of the Library committee members

Patron Christopher Legoe QC AO
President Ron Layton
Secretary Paul Wilkins
Assistant Secretary Hamish Barrett
Treasurer Janet Fuss
Members Sonja Grdosic, Maggi Boult
Ex Officio Teresa Chitty, University Librarian
  Jane Lomax-Smith, Immediate Past President
  Candace Cummings, External Relations Officer

Contact us

For further information about the Friends of the Library, please contact us at or phone 8313 4064.


All author and scholar events are proudly sponsored by Wakefield Press and Mantra Hotel. Wines are sponsored by Coriole Vineyards. We appreciate their ongoing support.