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Rare Books & Special Collections

Supporting teaching and research at the University and beyond

COVID-19 Access to the reading room has temporarily changed

The Rare Books and Special Collections Reading Room is currently open by appointment to current University of Sydney staff and students only, Wednesday to Friday, 10am-2pm. Item bookings must be made via Library Search at least 2 business days in advance.

Digital copies of materials are available upon request.

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

Make a booking to view items

Bookings can be made via Library Search to view items in the Rare Books and Special Collections reading room.

Bookings need to be made at least 2 business days in advance.
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.

Request digital copies of materials

For digital copies of Rare Books & Special Collections material, please email

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
Wed - Fri   10am - 2pm
By appointment only
+61 2 9351 2992
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