Our collection

Special Collections, Baillieu Library (University Of Melbourne) (1959)

Special Collections comprises some 250,000 items that, by reason of their age, value or uniqueness, have been placed on closed access to ensure their long-term care and preservation. The Australian collections comprise pre-1900 books and serials, newspapers and pamphlets published in Australia or on Australian subjects or by an Australian author. Included are any works that have emanated from the University of Melbourne: the Thesis Collection, the University Collection and the Melbourne University Press Collection. The Rare Book collections consist of pre-1880 non-Australian books, periodicals and pamphlets.

Themes: Governing Victorians, Building community life, Shaping cultural and creative life