University Libraries

Get to know your Library this Open Day!reading_room_2
On Open Day you can make a grand entrance into one of the University’s hidden treasures, the Barr Smith Library’s iconic Reading Room, consult a weighty legal tome at the Law Library or take a look at a music score or two (or 120,000) at the Elder Music Library. This open day, we 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. But don’t spend too long perusing the shelves. The Barr Smith Library will be open from 9-5pm and is featuring a range of cultural experiences throughout the day.

Take a tour
Barr Smith Library tours:

•10:30–10:45 •11:30–11:45 •13:30–13:45
Barr Smith Library, Reading Room, foyer

Visit the Law Library
Open 9:00–17:00
Ligertwood building
The Law Library is a reference and research library supporting the Adelaide Law School and is located in the Ligertwood building. Come and visit the library, open all day.

Visit the Elder Music Library
Open 11:00–15:00
Near Kintore Avenue, gate 15
If you are intending to study music at the Elder Conservatorium, make your way to visit the elegant Elder Music Library in the Hartley building, to the west of the campus. Library staff will be on hand to answer any questions about the library.

Virtual reality – experience it now!
Virtual reality is here now. Come and be immersed in the three dimensional world with our VR headsets. Be amazed with how VR can be part of your future here at uni.
Open 11:00 – 15:00
Barr Smith Library, Ira Raymond Exhibition room, level 3

Cover to cover: exposing the bookbinder’s ancient craft
Available for viewing 9:00–17:00
Meet the curator 9:30–13:00
Barr Smith Library, level 1, Rare Books and Special Collections
Bookbinding is a humble pursuit.  Rarely does it receive the attention and glamour afforded to other ancient crafts.  Unlike the silversmith or the glassblower, whose talents are immediately obvious, the binder’s craft of construction is largely concealed, making it difficult to celebrate that which we cannot see. Yet a binding offers so much more than mere protection; it’s a story in itself. Delve into this fascinating, lesser-known craft in the Barr Smith Library, where exposed bindings, rare and old books, bookbinding equipment, tools and supplies from both Rare Books and Special Collections and the curator’s personal collection will be on display.

Theatre Guild Performances
Enjoy 10-minute performances by student members of the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild.
11:15-11:25; 12:00-12:10; 12:45-12:55
Barr Smith Library Reading Room

Elder Conservatorium of Music performance – chamber music
Hear chamber music performed by some of our most talented students in the stunning acoustics of the Barr Smith Library Reading room – one of the University’s hidden treasures.
Barr Smith Library Reading Room

Come and say hello at the University Libraries stall in Hub Central, level 4, and meet our friendly library staff!
Visit the University of Adelaide Open Day 2017 page for more info

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Discover how to find information for your assignments using Library resources. From Monday August 14 to Thursday August 17, we invite you to come along to a session especially tailored to your Faculty. Learn about strategic searching techniques, and how to find the right information for your assignment,

Sessions will be held in the Ira Raymond Exhibition room, near Ask Library, Hub Central, L3.

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Level 3 of the Barr Smith Library is now open 24 hours a day, so you can study in the Library (or at least a part of the Library!) when you want to.

The doors into Level 3 of the Library will remain open outside of regular Library opening hours, so you can simply come into the Library via the Hub. If it is after 7 pm on weeknights, or after the Library closes on the weekend, you will need your University ID card in order to get into Hub Central.

You will be able to use the study spaces, including the new (and very comfy!) red chairs on Level 3, but access to the High Use Collection is only available during regular Library opening hours (so don’t forget to pick up your requests, or that in-demand textbook, before the Library closes for the day).

If you have any feedback on the change please let us know!


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Semester 2 officially starts today, and so do our extended Semester 2 library opening hours!
Full opening hours for all of our libraries available here
And don’t forget, that as of today, Level 3 is open 24/7


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How is that for timing!
Barr Smith Library Level 3 will be open 24 hours a day from Monday 24th July.
University of Adelaide students (and staff) will be able to access Level 3 at any time. You will need your University ID card to access the Hub, but once you’re in the Hub you can simply […]

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Digital capabilities are critical to students’ academic success and the career success of graduates.
Their future work will require them to find, assess and create increasingly complex multimedia digital resources, necessitating the integration of technical competence and critical thinking skills.
The Digital Capabilities @ Adelaide project has developed a flexible framework comprising six elements to support the development […]

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The Seventh Festival of Learning and Teaching will be held on Friday 21 July 2017 at The University of Adelaide.
The theme for 2017 is Digital Futures / Digital Capabilities: Design. Create. Transform
This year’s Festival will celebrate and share new digital practices at Adelaide. Library staff will be participating in round table discussions, Pecha Kucha presentations, […]

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Great news!
After several weeks of building works during the mid-semester break, Level 1 South of the library is once again freely accessible to all. This is the section just west of the western stairs from the Hub.
Thank you for your patience during this time.


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Congratulations and welcome to all of our new students! For those of you beginning your studies in Semester 2 there are a whole range of Mid Year Orientation activities happening on campus this week.
This is a great time to get to know your library!
Library Tours: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday (July 17, 18 & 20):

On Monday […]

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Level 3 of the Barr Smith Library opening 24/7 from Semester 2!
That’s right, you read that correctly! From the start of Semester 2, Level 3 of the Barr Smith Library will be open 24/7 to University of Adelaide students and staff. This means that students will have 24/7 access to the study spaces and other […]

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