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Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library network aims to promote and foster 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 University Library, develop relationships with other libraries and with cultural organisations, and assist with fundraising activities.

  • Membership

    Membership of the network is available to:

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

    Some benefits of being a Friend include:

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    Friends of the Library

  • Events

    Author and scholar events are proudly sponsored by Wakefield Press and Mantra Hotel. Wines are sponsored by Coriole Vineyards. These events offer Friends the opportunity to hear and engage with distinguished names in writing and scholarship. The events are open to all, with $5 admission at the door.

    The Barr Smith Discovery Series is an occasional one hour lunch time series offering first hand accounts of discoveries in the Barr Smith Library and the use of the collections for research. Discovery events are open to all, with $5 admission at the door.

    Access digital recordings of author and scholar events.

    2018 Calendar of Events

    • 19 April 2018 : AGM + Peggy Brock and Tom Gara : Colonialism and its Aftermath: a history of Aboriginal South Australia [Wakefield]
    • 17 May 2018 : Richard Zachariah : The Vanished Land: disappearing dynasties of Victoria’s Western District [Wakefield]
    • 21 June 2018 Lunchtime discovery : Barbara Wall : The Letters of Sarah Elizabeth Jackson (1890­­–1923) [University of Adelaide Press]
    • 19 July 2018 Lunchtime discovery : Marie Larsen : Mapping provenance in Rare Books & Special Collections
    • 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]

    Past events: 2017

    *Two of our authors have been featured in the Mount Barker Courier
    *Carol Lefevre feature in The Advertiser

    Past events: 2016

    2016 Friends program authors feature

    Authors who featured in Friends highly successful 2016 program have been featured in the January edition of the Adelaide Review. You can read about some of your favourite authors here, and the wonderful work local publisher Wakefield Press is doing.

  • Committee Nomination Form

    Friends of the Library 2018-2019

    Friends of the Library 2018–2019 AGM
    Thursday 19 April 2018 at 5.15pm
    Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr Smith Library

    Please submit your nomination by 5pm, Monday 16 April 2018.

    Committee Nomination Form
    * Indicates Required Information

    Personal Details

    Committee Nomination

    According to the Network Charter

    • The Committee shall consist of the President, the Secretary, the Assistant Secretary, and the Treasurer and up to six ordinary members and the University Librarian and Immediate Past President who shall be members ex officio.
    • The members of the Committee shall be elected by the members present at the Annual General Meeting, and shall hold office until the next Annual General Meeting.
    • The President of the Committee shall be elected by the members present at the Annual General Meeting and shall hold office for a two year period in the first instance.
  • Robert Barr Smith Scrapbook Appeal

    Help the Friends' purchase this important scrapbook by the Library's founding benefactor Robert Barr Smith, dating from the 1880's to 1910. This scrapbook completes a set of four held in Special Collections.

  • Adopt-a-book

    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.

    Details on how to adopt-a-book

    List of titles in need of restoration

  • Patron and Committee
    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, Alumni Relations Officer
  • Friends Discounts

    The following second hand and antiquarian booksellers offer Friends a 10% discount on all book purchases made at their stores on production of their membership cards.

    Adelaide Booksellers
    12 Twin Street, Adelaide SA 5000
    Ph: 08 8410 0216

    A Book Affair
    39 Kensington Road, Norwood SA 5067
    Ph: 08 8361 2181

    Acacia Books
    189 Hutt Street, Adelaide SA 5000
    Ph: 08 8223 2140

    Arcadia Books
    PO Box 143, Mylor SA 5153
    Ph: 08 8388 5802

    Colonel Light Book
    542 Goodwood Road, Daw Park SA 5041
    Ph: 8276 2784
    20% discount

    Chapter Two Books
    6/12 Mt Barker Road, Stirling SA 5254
    Ph: 08 8339 1835

    Gawler Books
    7 Main North Road, Willaston SA 5118
    Ph 08 8522 5151

    Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers
    196 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
    Ph 08 8223 1111

    Q Books
    17 Railway Terrace, Quorn SA 5433
    Ph: 0414 558 555

    Mockingbird Lounge
    63a Broadway, Glenelg South SA 5045
    Ph 7007 2242

    New Morning Books (incorporating Back Pages)
    190 Unley Road, Unley SA 5061
    Ph 8274 1011 or 0411 128 276

    Paddy’s Book Shop
    881 Marion Road, Clarence Gardens SA 5039
    Ph 8371 500 or 0412 207 760 (after hours)

  • Contact the Friends

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