Welcome to the Rare Books & Special Collections Library
The Rare Books and Special Collections Library holds early printed books from Europe, Australia, America and Asia. We also collect high-quality facsimiles, examples of fine printing and binding and modern limited editions. All University of Sydney higher degree theses and University of Sydney publications are kept in the Rare Books and Special Collections Library. There are over 170,000 items in our collections.
- Main collection: early printed books
- Special collections: formed collections on a range of subjects
- Manuscript collections: personal papers, documents, literary manuscripts
- University of Sydney material: publications, literary prizes, college libraries
- Digital format material: scanned images from manuscripts, early texts and illustrated works
- Treasures: some special items from our collection
- Videos: learn more about the treasures in the Rare Books collection
Accessing Rare Books and Special Collections material
- Fill out a request slip in the Rare Books and Special Collections Library office. Staff will deliver the books to you in the reading room.
- Photo identification is required (e.g. University of Sydney library card, driver's licence).
- Photocopying is generally not permitted. Consult staff about digital photography.
- Rare Books & Special Collections information for readers
Use this form or telephone Rare Books staff in advance (02) 9351 2992 to use University of Sydney theses and University of Sydney publications after 5pm Monday to Friday or on weekends.
Address: Rare Books and Special Collections
Level 1, Fisher Library
University of Sydney NSW 2006
Tel: +61 2 9351 2992
Fax: +61 2 9351 7187
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