Library tours & information sessions

Get a good start and learn how to find your way around the facilities and resources available to you in the Library!

Library tours

If you missed out in O’Week, Library tours are offered in weeks 1-3 – see the timetable for more details.

Meet at the tour banner, Hub Central Level 4 (near western entrance).

Tours last approx. 20 minutes.

Library information sessions

A Library information session of 30 minutes helps you get started on finding print and online resources.

See the timetable for details of session times in weeks 1 to 3.

Posted in News | Comments closed

Disruption to requesting

Please note that we experiencing some disruptions to requesting via Library Search.

If you experience problems, please phone 8313 5759 and we will place requests on your behalf.

We are working to fix this problem as soon as possible.


Posted in Current, Services | Comments closed

Semester break and Easter opening hours

From Monday 14 April up to and including Sunday 27 April , the Barr Smith Library will open the following hours:

Monday – Thursday: 8am – 8pm

Friday: 8am – 6pm

Sat/Sun: 1pm – 5pm

Over the Easter break and for the ANZAC Day public holiday, the Barr Smith Library’s hours are:

Easter Friday 18 April – closed

Saturday 19 April – 1pm -5pm

Sunday 20 April – 1pm-5pm

Easter Monday 21 April – closed

ANZAC Day Friday 25 April – closed.

See our web page for details of branch library opening times.

Posted in Current, Hours of opening | Comments closed

Heather Taylor Johnson – Writing the Body: Different Approaches to Illness as Metaphor in Fiction and Poetry

The Friends of the University of Adelaide Library invite you to an event with Heather Taylor Johnson on Thursday 24 April, 2014, at 6.00 for 6.30pm in the Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide.

Heather Taylor Johnson is the author of three poetry books (Thirsting for Lemonade, IP, is her latest) and one novel (Pursuing Love and Death, HarperCollins) and is currently the poetry editor for Transnational Literature.

She moved from America to Australia in 1999 to begin her postgraduate work at the University of Adelaide in Creative Writing, the same year she was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease. She received her PhD in 2007 and has taught Creative Writing at the tertiary level. She lives near the Port with her partner Dash, their three children Guthrow, Sunny and Matilda, and a dog named Tom. This year she is attempting to be a full-time writer.

“Personal illness can be a tricky thing for writers to tackle in their creative work as it is so close to the core of who we are. I spent years attempting to capture what it is like to live with the chronic illness Meniere’s disease but found myself frustrated with overwriting and an abundance of self-pity as the final product. When I handed my disease over to a fictional, male, sixty-three year old character in my novel Pursuing Love and Death, I was able to work through the illness in ways that I physically cannot do, and I found great liberation in doing so. I have gone through a persistent scrunching-up-of-paper with poetic attempts as well but now think I have found the key to writing my illness in that genre, too. ‘Writing the Body: Different Approaches to Illness as Metaphor in Fiction and Poetry’ will explore my creative processes.”


Bookings by Tuesday 22 April to:

Telephone: 8313 4064
Open to the public
$5 admission


Sponsored by




 Wines by






Posted in Current, Events | Comments closed

Low Battery?

Is the battery low on your mobile device?  Recharge for free on level 3, Barr Smith Library.

Relax in comfort and browse the new books and journals while waiting for your device to charge.

Chargebar supports a range of phones and mobile devices.

Posted in Current, Services | Comments closed

A First Place: David Malouf at 80, in conversation with Nicholas Jose

Friends of the University of Adelaide Library and the JM Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice present

A First Place: David Malouf at 80

in conversation with Nicholas Jose

Thursday 10 April at 6.30pm
The Braggs Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide

A celebration of two new publications by David Malouf, Earth Hour and A First Place.

Happy 80th birthday from the University of Adelaide!

A First Place: “Topography, geography, history. Multiculturalism, referendums, the constitution and national occasions. Parental and grandparental romances, the sensual and bountiful beauty of Brisbane, the mysterious offerings of Queenslander houses, and leaving home. The idea of a nation and the heart of its people. Being Australian and Australia’s relationship to the world. Putting ourselves on the map.

“All these subjects, and more, are explored from the generous, questioning and original perspective of David Malouf.

“At the heart of these pieces is the idea of home, where and what it is. What they illustrate is the formation of a man, an Australian and one of the best writers this country has produced.” (Random House)

Open to all
No booking necessary
Free entry

Sponsored by

Posted in Events | Comments closed

Library session: Find Really Good Info for Your Assignments

Posted in Current, Events | Comments closed

Exhibition: Sir Douglas Mawson

Sir Douglas Mawson Exhibition

Date/Time: Tuesday, 18 February 2014 – Friday, 11 April 2014
Location: Barr Smith Library, Level 1 South
Cost: Free – all welcome

As part of the celebrations of the centenary of the return of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, the University Archives, Rare Books & Special Collections and Art & Heritage Collections present an exhibition exploring the various facets of Sir Douglas Mawson’s life.

An array of records, photographs, publications and art works are used to illustrate Mawson’s work as an explorer and scientist, as well as over 50 years as a key figure in the University community.

Open during Barr Smith Library opening hours.

Contact: Cheryl Hoskin, Rare Books and Special Collections Librarian, Barr Smith Library, The University of Adelaide, +61 8 8313 5224

Posted in Current, Exhibitions | Comments closed

Library session – So You Think You Can Google?


Posted in Current, Training | Comments closed

Book voucher winners

Congratulations to the winners of a $50 Unibook voucher each, drawn randomly from students who took a Library tour during O’Week:

International O’Week – Salma Taposhi, Wang Xiaotian

O’Week – Christine Chan, Catherine Gibson, Imogen Geh

Posted in News | Comments closed

Introduction to the Barr Smith Library Video

The Barr Smith Library has a brand new video with lots of information about the Library and its services. Watch it below!


Posted in News, Services | Comments closed