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Rare Books & Special Collections

Supporting teaching and research at the University and beyond

The Rare Books and Special Collections Reading Room will close as of 4.30pm Thursday 19 March.

Rare Books and Special Collections materials will be unavailable for booking or viewing after this time, until further notice. The Library has taken this step as a response to the recommended guidelines around social distancing as an important measure in preventing the spread of COVID-19, as well as the complexities we face in maintaining strict hygiene around the handling of these materials.

Research and reference inquiries relating to Rare Books and Special Collections materials can still be sent to or via the Library’s online chat service, Chat Now. We will continue to monitor and follow the guidance of the University and NSW Health in determining when the Reading Room will open again.

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A minimum pre-booking period of two business days is required for all Rare Books & Special Collections materials. Booking requests made less than two business days in advance of the required date will not be accepted. You will be notified by email to resubmit your booking request. Please read the Reading Room Terms of Use before making your first booking.

About our collections
  • Rare Books and Special Collections includes 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. Included in our holdings are pre-2013 University of Sydney higher degree theses and University of Sydney publications. There are over 170,000 items in our collections.

Reproduction, display and publication of images
  • If you wish to reproduce any images of Rare Books and Special Collections material in publications or on the internet please contact Rare Books and Special Collections for permission. A reproduction fee may be charged.
    In all circumstances any reproductions must be credited to "Rare Books and Special Collections, the University of Sydney Library".

Rare Books & Special Collections
Level 1, Fisher Library
Eastern Avenue F03
Camperdown Campus
University of Sydney NSW 2006
Mon - Fri   9:30am - 4:30pm
+61 2 9351 2992
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