Barr Smith Library appeals to donors

Wednesday, 3 May 2006

The University of Adelaide has launched the Barr Smith Library Annual Appeal for 2006. Now in its fifth year, the Appeal is a vital way of raising funds for one of the University's most treasured - and utilised - resources.

"The Appeal funds allow us to maintain our status as the major research library in South Australia and one of the major ones in Australia," said University Librarian Ray Choate.

As a resource utilised by staff, students, alumni and the wider community alike, Mr Choate believes it is important for the Barr Smith Library to maintain a well-rounded collection.

"The Library appreciates having the ability to acquire introductory and research study materials outside the immediate needs of student courses and research priorities," said Mr Choate. "In this way we can maintain a 'rounded' collection which allows students, staff and alumni users to find information on a wide range of disciplines, including on current events. The Appeal funds are very useful in achieving these ends."

Last year's Appeal raised a record amount. It allowed the Library to purchase over 800 new titles, including reference books, encyclopaedias and rare art books, as well as expand its virtual library.

Funds from the 2006 Appeal will not only support the Library's print collections, but will also assist in establishing a multimedia database. "The Library is interested in developing our small collection of DVDs of major Australian and international films and play productions, as an important aspect of our cultural history," says Mr Choate.

If you would like to contribute to the Appeal, please contact the Development and Alumni office on 8303 4994, or visit


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