Rare Books collection areas
AustralianaMaterials relating to Australia, Australian literature and history. Includes First Fleet journals and explorers' accounts. Highlights include: Gould's The Birds of Australia and Celia Rosser's The Banksias.
Books on books
English literature and history English literature and history dating from 15th century to the present day. There is a strong focus on material produced between 1660 and 1800.
Cookery and household management books
Medical books Includes the library of Dr Richard Travers, the former rare book collection of the Australian Medical Association, early Australian material, fringe medicine, the Goller Collection of AIDS material, 18th and 19th century forensic medicine.
Nineteenth century booksA collection of books from the 19th century, mainly in English.
ManuscriptsIncludes a small collection of 18th century manuscripts by Jonathan Swift and contemporaries, French material, and recipe books..
PamphletsPolitical, theological and literary pamphlets from the 17th century to the present. A large collection of Restoration and 18th century plays.
Nineteenth century periodicalsIncludes the Illustrated London News, the Graphic, the Edinburgh Review, the Strand, Pall Mall and many more.
Science fictionAmerican science fiction magazines dating from the 1920s to 1950s. Includes Fantastic Adventures, Amazing Stories, Startling Stories and Other Worlds.
School textbooksEarly 20th century textbooks used in Australian schools.