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Barr Smith Library

The Barr Smith Library Reading Room

The Barr Smith Library is home to the Reading Room, one of the most beautiful scholarly spaces in Australia.

Generations of students have spent many hours studying in the library, poring over its extensive collections. The library is also home to Rare Books and Special Collections, the University of Adelaide Press and University Archives and Recordkeeping.

Highlights include:

  • 24/7 access to the High Use Collection and study spaces on level 3
  • Large curated collections across many subject areas, including Australian history, politics and literature, English literature, world wars, socialism and fascism, women and gender studies, utopian literature, and food studies.
  • Specialist collections, including the Music Collection, East Asian Collection, Yaitya Ngutupira and Recreational Reading
  • Over 500 individual study spaces
  • Over 130 computers
  • Bookable meeting rooms, study spaces, and computers
  • Printing, scanning and photocopying on each level

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Contact & location

Come and speak to us in person: Ask Library is located on Level 3 of Hub Central and Level 1 South of the Barr Smith Library.

The Barr Smith Library is located in the centre of the North Terrace Campus, adjacent Hub Central. View campus map

Barr Smith Library floorplan