Special Collections and Archives

The University's unique collections play a vital role in research, teaching, learning, and community engagement. Discover the range of collections that are available for you to explore, including archives, museums, personal papers, cultural & scientific collections, rare books, and visual art.

Immersive Reading Room experience

Explore the 3D Reading Room

Exhibition | Barr Smith Library

Explore a digital twin of the Reading Room below, created using 3D technology. This immersive experience includes an exhibition detailing the history of this impressive space, which is still a popular study area for students today.


Accessing & using the collections

The University Library's rare and unique collections are open to all researchers, including staff and students of the University of Adelaide and other institutions. Professional historians, researchers, and members of the public are also welcome.

Access the collections