The Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library is currently housed in the Special Collection of the library at the Waterfront Campus of Deakin University, Geelong. This unique campus is located in a refurbished former woolstore, directly overlooking Corio Bay. The ADPML has been established to celebrate the significant role played by Alfred Deakin in the formation of Australia's political and social institutions. Deakin was Prime Minister of Australia three times - in 1902-4, 1905-8 and 1909-10 - and was a major contributor to the Federation movement and the birth of the Commonwealth of Australia. The ADPML collects books read by Deakin and reference material about him, his family and his times. The Library also digitises and makes available material held by other institutions and individuals via the ADPML website. The ADPML is available for use by researchers and a small display of realia is maintained within the library at the Waterfront Campus.
The ADPML is primarily a reference collection of books about Alfred Deakin, his family and his life. His significant political achievements are covered, as is his personal reading in subjects such as literature, religion, philosophy, and history. The ADPML collects books, archival material, pictures, photographs, ephemera and realia, a significant portion of which are digitised and available on the web at the ADPML homepage. Material held by institutions and individuals other than Deakin University is also available via the ADPML website.