Special Collections

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.

Adelaide Connect

This new online platform showcases digitised content from our special collections and is a powerful resource for researchers and the community.

Explore our history

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  


Our rare and unique collections are showcased through online and physical exhibitions, often in collaboration with a range of partners across the University and wider community.