Since 2004, University Collections have managed the university's collections, researching, documenting and preserving them, in accordance with Australian National Museum Standards and the university's Collection Management Policy and Procedures. University Collections directly manage a large number of the collections and provide support to faculties in the management of additional collections.
The collections of the University of Adelaide enrich the university environment, support its teaching and research programs, and provide a valuable resource for students, staff and the community.
The University of Adelaide's collections include (in alphabetical order):
- Adelaide Law School Collections - Law Professorial Deans, Law Case Notes and Reports and the Gilbert Jessop Collection
- Adelaide University Sports Association (AUSA) Collection
- Architecture Collection
- Built Infrastructure Plans and Records
- Chemistry Collection
- Earth and Environmental Sciences Collections - Amphibian Osteological Collection, Zoology Teaching Collection, Palaeobotany Collection, Tate Museum
- Engineering Collections - Mechanical Engineering Collection, Civil Engineering Collection, Electrical Engineering Collection, Computing and Computing Science Collection, Mathematical Sciences Collection
- F.H. Faulding & Co Ltd Collection
- Geography Collection
- Health Sciences Collections - Abbie Centre for Teaching and Research in Anatomy Collection (ACTRA), Hans Schoppe Pathology Collection
- Heritage Furniture Collection
- Heritage Music Collection
- Map Library, Barr Smith Library
- Museum of Classical Archaeology
- Physics Museum Collection
- Roseworthy Agricultural Museum
- Roseworthy Campus Heritage Collection
- Scientific Apparatus Collection
- Significant People Collections - Neville Marsh Apparatus Collection, Florey Collection, Henderson Collection, Stanton Hicks Collection.
- University Heritage Collection
- University Libraries (incorporating Barr Smith Library, Elder Music Library, Law Library, Rare Books & Special Collections, Roseworthy Campus Library, Waite Library, University Archives & Recordkeeping, Universities Research Repositories - South Australia, URRSA).
- University of Adelaide Gift Collection
- Urrbrae House Museum
- Visual Art Collection (incorporating the Adelaide University Union Visual Art Collection and the Teachers College War Memorial Collection)
- Waite Arboretum
- Waite Campus Heritage Collection
- Waite Insect and Nematode Collection