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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