On display in the Rare Books & Special Collections foyer until the 31st January is a festive exhibition of Christmas books, cards, recipes, prints and theatre programs. Visit us during Library opening hours to discover some of the earliest records of Christmas!
Get to know your University Libraries this Open Day!
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 […]
The Elder Music Library is currently featuring a mini-exhibition showcasing the work of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (1934–2016), British composer, Master of the Queen’s Music 2004–2014, and Composer-in-Residence at our very own Elder Conservatorium of Music, 1965–66.
Known as ‘Max’, Peter Maxwell Davies was a close friend of noted Australian composers Richard Meale and Grahame Dudley – […]
Cabinets of Curiosity are often considered to be precursors to museums.
They began to emerge around the 16th century and served as encyclopaedic
collections of objects which were not yet defined. The contents of these cabinets
would vary, containing objects from categories such as natural history, geology archaeology, antiquities and much more.
The books featured in this exhibition contain […]
This Sunday is Open Day at the University of Adelaide, so don’t miss the opportunity to make a grand entrance into the Barr Smith Library Reading Room, via the elegant steps on the eastern side of the building (an entrance that is only open on very special occasions). Friends of the library and library staff […]
Bound to Please: The Iconic Victorian Binding in an Era of Industrialisation and Mechanisation
The Victorian era (1837-1901) was an exciting time. Rapid and unregulated industrialisation brought with it tremendous social and political change and saw technological advancements in nearly every sphere. Book binding was no exception.
This fascinating exhibition explores the evolution of the book as […]
In the nine months of the campaign almost half a million Allied troops were deployed at Gallipoli, many of them decimated by death, disease and injury.
The Anzac legend forged from the deeds of Australian soldiers at Gallipoli signified for many the birth of Australian nationalism. In the public imagination the idealised Anzac soldier was fearless, […]
University Collections of the University of Adelaide invite you to the launch of
The Death of the Collector,
Curated by Kim Littler
The Illumination will be launched by Dr Heather Kerr, Senior Lecturer, English and Creative Writing, The University of Adelaide.
4.30 –6.00pm Wednesday 18 March 2015
Rare Books & Special Collections
Level 1, Barr Smith Library
North Terrace Campus, the University […]
The Folio Society: Where it’s ok to judge a book by its cover
This exhibition brings together 18 of the finest Folio Society publications, generously donated to the Barr Smith Library in 2014.The Folio Society was founded in London in 1947. It was the brainchild of book-lover and collector, Charles Ede, whose desire to combine the […]
Adelaide in 1914
This exhibition presents a snapshot of life at the University and in Adelaide in the year that World War I was declared.
The University was a much smaller place, both in acreage and the number of students, faculties and degrees offered.
Adelaide was emerging from the Victorian era into a world of technological innovation and […]