Rare Books and Special Collections, The University of Sydney Library

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Authorized form of name

Rare Books and Special Collections, The University of Sydney Library

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Other form(s) of name

  • Formerly Fisher Library, Rare Books and Special Collections


  • University

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Street address

Level 1, Fisher Library, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney




New South Wales

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Postal code



02 9351 2992




Description area


Rare Books and Special Collections includes early printed books from Europe, Australia, America, and Asia. We also collect examples of fine printing and binding; modern limited editions; science fiction; detective fiction; collections of personal papers, documents, and literary manuscripts; publications from East Asia.

Included in our holdings are pre-2013 University of Sydney higher degree theses and University of Sydney publications. There are over 200 000 items in our collections.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

The University of Sydney

Administrative structure

  • Manager, Rare Books and Special Collections
  • Rare Books and Special Collections Liaison Librarian
  • Rare Books and Special Collections Liaison Librarian East Asian Collection
  • Digitisation Projects Assistant.

Records management and collecting policies

Available on request from the Manager, Rare Books and Special Collections.


Located: Level 1, Fisher Library, Eastern Avenue, F03 Camperdown Campus, University of Sydney.


The Archive of Australian Judaica contains source materials relating to Australian Jewish life, from the origins of Jewish communities in Australia up to the present day. https://judaica.library.sydney.edu.au/

The University Library’s East Asian Collection comprises material published in Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages. The rare, string-bound books and expensive art collections are located at Rare Books & Special Collections. Search the Library catalogue http://opac.library.usyd.edu.au/ and limit the search by 'language'.

Finding aids, guides and publications

Access area

Opening times

Our Reading Room: open Monday to Friday 9.30am-4.30pm.
Closed Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

Access conditions and requirements

Proof of identity required.

Please let us know before you visit so we can retrieve the items ready for you to consult. https://library.sydney.edu.au/collections/rare-books/index.html

The vast majority of our collections are available for research consultation. In the rare instance where a donor has specified closed access, access to the records may be gained by permission from copyright holder or other authorised agent.


Services area

Research services

General reference assistance available.

Reproduction services

Scanning approval given on case-by-case basis from books, journals, and photographs for personal education use only.

If you wish to reproduce any images of Rare Books and Special Collections material in publications or on the internet, please contact Rare Books and 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".

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Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 28 April 2018




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Primary contact

Level 1, Fisher Library, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney
Sydney, New South Wales 2006