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Some Library spaces have reopened. For more details see Library COVID-19 updates.

Rare Books & Special Collections

Supporting teaching and research at the University and beyond

COVID-19 The Rare Books and Special Collections Reading Room is closed

Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) materials are unavailable for booking or viewing until further notice. Scan requests for RBSC material will be considered on a case-by-case basis according to staff capacity. For scan requests, research and reference inquiries relating to Rare Books and Special Collections materials please contact rarebook.library@sydney.edu.au

For more details see Library COVID-19 updates or contact us.

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".

Address
Rare Books & Special Collections
Level 1, Fisher Library
Eastern Avenue F03
Camperdown Campus
University of Sydney NSW 2006
Hours
Mon - Fri   9:30am - 4:30pm
Phone
+61 2 9351 2992
rarebook.library@sydney.edu.au
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