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

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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 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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Dr Emily Cock – 2014 Bill Cowan Barr Smith Library Fellow

The Barr Smith Library and the Cowan Grant are pleased to announce that Dr Emily Cock, from the Discipline of English and Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide, is the successful applicant for the 2014 Bill Cowan Barr Smith Library Fellowship. The purpose of the award is to assist research postgraduates financially with uninterrupted time to work with the Library’s collections. Post-doctoral researchers are eligible within three years of a doctoral award.

Emily is an early career researcher.  Her PhD, awarded 2013, investigated prostitution and plastic surgery in early modern England. Her post-doctoral research will investigate in greater detail the history of plastic surgery within a broader sphere of preventative, reconstructive, or otherwise elective health services, products and procedures with the aim of an academic book. The research will be conducted with an eye to the role of fear, shame and disgust in contemporary ethical and political debates in modern medicine (such as assisted reproduction services, organ and tissue sales and donations, and especially the ‘moral limits’ of aesthetic and reconstructive surgery). This project will historicize the sociology and literature of disease and diagnosis in early modern Europe.

In response to the award Emily said: “The fellowship will enable me to work intensely with a key text that is held in Rare Books and Special Collections of the Barr Smith Library. The only copy in Australia,  Gaspare Tagliacozzi’s De curtorum chirurgia per insitionem  published in Venice 1597  is the foremost text on plastic surgery produced in early modern Europe”.

Tagliacozzi detailed how a skin graft from a patient’s arm could be used to reconstruct his or her nose, lip, or ear. His work unfortunately became synonymous with the reconstruction of a nose lost to syphilis and its mercurial treatments. Tagliacozzi was therefore attacked for this technology, which detractors saw as interfering with divine will and obscuring the legibility of the ‘shameful’ body.

There are approximately forty copies of Tagliacozzi’s lavish, two-volume folio in academic library collections in the UK, USA and Canada. The Barr Smith copy bound in one volume was presented by Sir Henry Simpson Newland, Teacher of Surgery in the Medical School, 1912-1937.

Find more information about Emily on the 2014 Fellow webpage

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Friends of the Library event – Ian Gibbins

The Interference Effect: Poetry, Science and Crossed Wires

The Friends of the University of Adelaide Library invite you to an event with Ian Gibbins on Thursday 14 August, 2014, at 6.00 for 6.30pm in the Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide.

Language is a wonderful thing, but time and time again it lets us down. How often have “words failed you”? When did you last experience something you “couldn’t put into words”? Why didn’t your friend understand what you “really meant to say”? Neuroscience can explain in part the underlying reasons for these surprisingly common situations. Paradoxically, poetry often can express the otherwise inexpressible. Ian Gibbins’ writing explores this domain in different ways. During this session, he will perform some of his work, including examples from his book Urban Biology as well as recent writing from a major art-science collaboration, “The Microscope Project.”

Ian Gibbins is now Emeritus Professor of Anatomy at Flinders University, having retired in early 2014 after nearly 40 years research and teaching as a neuroscientist, anatomist and microscopist. He is a widely published poet with work in print and on-line nationally and internationally with several poems short-listed for major prizes. He often performs his poetry with his own innovative electronic music and videos. For many years, Ian has collaborated with other artists in diverse domains including dance, music and visual arts. For more information, see

Bookings by Tuesday 12 August to:

Telephone: 8313 4064
Open to the public
$5 admission

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Change to authentication for Library resources

From Monday, 30th June, we will be changing the authentication for accessing the Library’s electronic resources by on-campus users.

Currently, only off-campus users have to authenticate.

From 30 June, all access to electronic resources, whether on- or off-campus, will require an individual login, using your University ID and password (or barcode/lastname).

This is necessary to give the Library sufficient control over access to licensed resources and also followup in the misuse of those resources which has, in the past, lead to access being blocked for all users.

Note that the login is required only once per browser session. You will not be asked to log in again until you quit your browser (or until your session times out — currently 60 minutes).

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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John Safran – a Friends of the Library event – FULLY BOOKED

John Safran: in conversation with Ewart Shaw

This event is fully booked.

The Friends of the University of Adelaide Library invite you to an event with John Safran on Thursday 17 July, 2014, at 6.00 for 6.30pm in the Napier Theatre 102, Napier Building, University of Adelaide.



John Safran is an award-winning documentary-maker of provocative and hilarious takes on race, the media, religion and other issues.
John first hit TV screens in 1997 on Race Around the World. Both John Safran’s Music Jamboree and John Safran vs. God won Australian Film Industry awards for Best Comedy Series and Most Original Concept, and were also nominated for Logie Awards. Other shows include John Safran’s Race Relations and Speaking in Tongues. John currently co-hosts Sunday Night Safran, a radio talk show on Triple J with cranky but beloved Catholic priest, Father Bob Maguire.
John’s first book, Murder In Mississippi – the true story of how he met a white supremacist, befriended his black killer and wrote a book – is currently out through Penguin and was named iBooks 2013 Best Non-Fiction.


Bookings by Tuesday 15 July to:

Telephone: 8313 4064
Open to the public
$5 admission at the door

Sponsored by



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Free book scanning to USB

Come and try our new fast and easy to use Zeta faceup book scanner.

High quality, colour scanning, up to A3 size.  Great for delicate items.

Try out the new scanner in High Use, level 3, Barr Smith Library.

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EndNote users: exporting from Library Search

Have you experienced difficulty recently, when exporting records from Library Search into the EndNote client? A step has been added where you may be asked to select an import filter. Select the RefMan (RIS) filter from the dialog box and your references will be imported as usual.

When exporting to EndNote Web, you will see this message in your EndNote Web library: Number of records imported: 0. Exporting to EndNote Web functionality should be restored later in Semester 2. However, as a workaround you can choose the EndNote Client export option, save the file and import into EndNote Web, again selecting the RefMan (RIS) filter. Your records will then import as usual.

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