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Rare Books & Manuscripts

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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.

Accessing the collections

The Special Collections Reading Room is open to University Staff, students and external researchers by appointment only. Appointments can be booked between Tuesdays and Fridays, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

 Appointments preferably to be made two business days in advance within core reference hours. 

For all research and reference enquiries relating to Special Collections materials please contact

Rare Books & Manuscripts, which is part of Special Collections, 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