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Rare Books & Manuscripts

  • Special Collections and University Archives
  • Oversize Rare Books
  • Theatre Collection Archive Boxes
  • Historical Catalogue Cards
  • Books and Card Catalogue
  • Brailsford Robertson Collection

Rare Books & Special Collections

Rare Books & Manuscripts

Rare Books & Manuscripts houses the library's most valuable and vulnerable publications, including old and rare books, fine and limited editions, University of Adelaide publications and the specialist Pacific and Theatre collections.

Rare Books & Manuscripts is open by appointment only.
Available for 1 or 2 hour appointments between:

  • 10am-12pm
  • 1pm to 4pm

Items can be requested through Library Search or by emailing us at

Rare Books & Manuscripts, which is part of Special Collections and Archives, also takes responsibility for the collection and preservation of manuscripts and personal papers of members of the University community, particularly academic staff, and acquires collections of personal and institutional papers relating to its specific research strengths. These include Pacific and indigenous Australian history and language, British and Australian theatre and University of Adelaide history.

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Barr Smith Library
South Australia 5005


Phone: +61 8 8313 5224