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COVID-19 update: Fisher and Law Libraries are open to current students and staff only with no in-person services. All other library spaces are currently closed.
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Rare Books & Special Collections

Supporting teaching and research at the University and beyond

COVID-19 Rare Books and Special Collections is closed from 26 June through 30 July 2021.

The Rare Books & Special Collections reading room is available by appointment (after August 2).

The Rare Books & Special Collections reading room has reopened to University staff and students from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Bookings need to be made via Library Search at least two business days in advance.

For all research and reference enquiries relating to Rare Books & Special Collections materials, please contact

Requests for digital copies of materials

For scan enquiries or requests, please contact

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 & 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 more than 170,000 items in our collections.

Reproduction, display and publication of images
  • If you wish to reproduce any images of Rare Books & Special Collections material in publications or on the internet please contact Rare Books & 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   10am - 4pm
By appointment only
+61 2 9351 2992
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