Mid-semester break opening hours

From Monday 22 September up to and including Sunday 5 October, the Barr Smith Library will be open the following hours:

Monday – Thursday: 8am – 8pm

Friday: 8am – 6pm

Sat/Sun: 1pm – 5pm

Note that all libraries will be closed on Monday 6 October for the Labour Day public holiday.

For details about branch library opening times, see our Opening Hours page.

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Enhancements to Library Search

We are continuing to work with our vendor to bring you a better Library Search, and new resources are added frequently, to bring you even more eContent!

Recent enhancements to Library Search include:

  • auto complete
  • ranking enhancements
  • improvements to known-item searches, such as
    • author and author-title recognition
    • missing or added leading articles
    • entire citation queries
    • title words in an incorrect order
  • better interpretation of spelling mistakes
  • handling of stemming and pluralization
  • integration of interlibrary loan requests
  • new buttons to clear search box(es)
  • 20 results per page instead of 10

as well as many bug fixes and tweaks.

Let us know what you think or if something isn’t working as it should – email us at library@adelaide.edu.au


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Friends of the Library: Nigel Starck and Sir Anthony Trollope

The First Celebrity: Anthony Trollope’s Australasian Odyssey

The Friends of the University of Adelaide Library invite you to an event with Nigel Starck and Sir Anthony Trollope, 17th Baronet on Thursday 25 September, 2014, at 6.00 for 6.30pm in the Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide.

Melbvourne Punch, Welcome to Trollope (1871)

Anthony Trollope – prolific novelist and inveterate traveller – explored Australia and New Zealand in the 1870s: the first celebrity to tour Australasia. His memoir inspired by those adventures was subsequently described by The Times as ‘the best account’ of those lands ‘yet published’. Now, to mark the bicentenary of Trollope’s birth, the Australian author Nigel Starck reveals the full story: encounters with gold prospectors, the indigenous people of Australia and New Zealand, convicts and pioneers; constant battles with the colonial press; the son whose life as a sheep farmer inspired a novel; and the ancient baronetcy inherited by Trollope’s Australian descendants after death in war, misadventure, and misfortune elsewhere within the extended family.


The First Celebrity: Anthony Trollope’s Australasian Odyssey will be launched at this event by Sir Anthony Trollope, 17th Baronet (Anthony Trollope’s great-great-grandson). Copies of the book will be available for purchase.


Dr. Nigel Starck

Dr Nigel Starck (University of South Australia), a former broadcaster and journalist, has long been fascinated by Anthony Trollope’s life and books. He delivered the annual Trollope Lecture in New York (2007) and London (2011), and has written extensively on the subject for newspapers and journals. This is his fourth book. It discloses stories about Trollope’s adventurous odyssey that, until now, have long rested untold.





Bookings by Tuesday 23 September to:

Telephone: 8313 4064
Open to the public
$5 admission

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Library Search — it’s personal!

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Trial: Phaidon Atlas of Architecture

Featuring 10,000’s of previously unpublished technical drawings and plans of key buildings completed since the year 2000, the Atlas is one of the world’s largest resources for those studying contemporary architectural practice.

Covering every conceivable building type from across the globe, each project is accompanied by technical drawings, sketches and photographs allowing students to research in detail, contemporary design solutions from some of the world’s most creative architects working today.  Users can search, filter and save information by building type, architect, location, materials and structural elements.

The trial is now active, and expires on the 12th September, 2014.  You can access the trial here.  Each user must register their own details, to access the resource.

Please provide your feedback using the survey form.

If you experience any problems filling in/submitting the survey form or accessing the Phaidon Atlas of Architecture, fill in the Electronic Resources Access Problems form and we will investigate and get back to you as soon as possible.

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The Library @Open Day – Sunday 17 August

This Open Day, University Libraries invite you to take a wander through the Barr Smith Library, South Australia’s largest research library, as well as the Law Library and Elder Music Library. We will also be featuring a range of cultural experiences throughout the day for you to enjoy.


You can make a grand entrance into one of the University’s hidden treasures, the Barr Smith Library Reading Room, via the elegant steps on the eastern side of the building.  Friends of the Library and Library staff will be on hand to provide information on the Reading Room and on the Library in general or you may want to take a 15 minute tour at 10:30am, 11:30am or 1:30pm to see and learn more about what the Library has to offer.

Peformances in the Barr Smith Reading Room

Enjoy 10-minute performances by student members of the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild at 11:15am, 12noon, 12:45pm.

Also, be captivated by music performed by Elder Conservatorium of Music students in the ambience of the Reading Room at 2pm and 2:45pm.


In celebration of the University of Adelaide’s 140th anniversary, Rare Books & Special Collections present: 140 Books: 1874-2014  an exhibition of books published in each year of the University’s history. Books can change lives – they educate, enlighten, entertain and influence the future. This exhibition looks at the books that have inspired generations over the 140 years of the history of the University of Adelaide.

Other libraries

The Law Library  and the Elder Music Library will be open so if you are thinking of studying law or music, you will be interested to visit these special libraries.

Barr Smith Library 9am-5pm (Eastern doors 9am-4pm)
Law Library 9am-5pm
Elder Music Library 12noon-4pm

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Exhibition: 140 Books: 1874-2014

140 Books: 1874-2014

The exhibition features original editions of books from the Library collections published in each year of the life of the University and which have entertained, educated and challenged society over the last 140 years

Rare Books & Special Collections
Level 1, Barr Smith Library
11 August-28 September 2014

More information at http://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/special/140books/

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We’re Mobile

Did you know …

… the Library has a mobile web site for smart phone users?

You can find it at https://m.adelaide.edu.au/library/ and have all the most important links to Library information wherever you are: at home, on the bus, or lost in the Barr Smith Library stacks!




And you can search our collections on your phone too! Choose the Research option from the main page, type in your search terms, and Library Search will open on your screen in a size you can read. If you need to refine your search, just tilt the phone to landscape mode, or select “Refine My Results”.

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Introducing the Barr Smith Library via an interactive iBook

An interactive iBook has been developed for use with Apple devices – iPads, iPhones and MacIntosh computers.  It is aimed at new commencing students to introduce them to the services and resources of the Barr Smith Library.

The Library ibook can be accessed directly, or from our Help/Contacts page.

It was developed for new Science students, who all receive an iPad at Orientation. However, anyone with an Apple device is able to access it.

Research librarians Fiona Mariner and Mary O’Connor developed the resource using iBooks Author software.

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