Collections Policy


The Collections of the University of Adelaide include the Library Collections (eg books, theses, digital resources), Special Collections (eg Rare Books and Manuscripts), the Archives, Museum and Heritage Collections (eg scientific specimens, objects and equipment) and Art Collections (including the Adelaide University Union Visual Art Collection), and may be in electronic or physical format. The Collections are managed and maintained for the purposes of discovery and use by academics, students, administrative and operational staff, alumni, researchers, professional historians and the wider community.

  • Related Procedures, Forms

  • Administration, Approval and Review

    RMO File No. 2019/12858
    Policy custodian Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic)
    Responsible policy officer University Librarian
    Endorsed by Vice-Chancellors Executive on 7 April 2021
    Approved by Vice-Chancellor and President on 16 March 2021
    Related Policies Information Management Policy

    Behaviour and Conduct Policy

    Code of Conduct

    Copyright Compliance Policy

    Disaster Response and Recovery Plan

    Financial Management Policy

    Financial Management of Assets Procedure

    Health, Safety and Wellbeing Policy

    Risk Management Policy

    Gifts Policy

    Research Data and Primary Materials Policy


    Protocols for Libraries, Archives and Information Services (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Library, Information and Resource Network (ATSILIRN))

    Guidelines for Working with Community (National and State Libraries Australia)

    Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (United Nations)

    FAIR Principles

    CARE Principles

    Related legislation Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Act 2013 (Cth)

    Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986 (Cth)

    Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (SA)

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage

    Protection Act 1984 (Cth)

    State Records Act 1997 (SA)

    Superceded Policies Collection Management Policy and Procedures
    Effective from 16 April 2021
    Review Date 15 April 2024
    Contact for queries about the policy Sian Woolcock, University Librarian
    Ph: 8313 5700

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