The Library collection is divided in a number of ways to differentiate between varying access levels, physical size and special storage requirements. Here is a brief outline of the major collections in the Central Library.


Folios are slightly oversize materials that will not sit comfortably on standard size shelves. These are found near the beginning of the book rows. They are indicated on Findit@Flinders by the call number prefixed with an "f".

Folio Pamphlets

These are oversize pamphlets, they are kept in boxes with the call number range shown on the outside. They are indicated on Findit@Flinders by the call number prefixed with "fp".

Elephant Folios

Elephant folios are bigger that normal folios and must be stored on special shelving. Again, these are found near the beginning of the book rows.

Main Book Collection

This collection embraces the bulk of the Library's holdings and is readily accessible to all staff and students. The books from the main book collection are available for use throughout the building and for loan.

Microform Collection

Periodicals, newspapers, theses and other publications may be received in microform/microfiche. These are found on level 0 along with the equipment to read and copy pages.

New Books

New books added to the collection are displayed for one week in the new book display area near the entrance to the Library. These books may be borrowed by readers. The initial loan of a book on the new books shelf is for 7 days.

Newspaper Collection

Many newspapers are found in the microform collection, but up to date copies, or those not yet on microform, are found on Level O.


Pamphlets are stored in boxes to ensure they are not damaged or lost. These boxes, labelled by call number, are shelved at the beginning of the book rows. They are indicated on Findit@Flinders by the call number prefixed with a "p".

Journals Collection

The journals collection consists of publications of various kinds issued serially, that is, in successive parts over a period of time and generally intended to be continued indefinitely. These include journals, annual reports and some government publications.

Most journals are now available online. A display of recent issues of selected print journals is found on level 1. The rest of the print journals collection is found throughout the Library according to call number.

Reference Collection

The Reference Collection is located on Level 1 near the library entrance and includes indexes to journal literature, reference books, bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopaedias, atlases and university calendars, amongst other things. These books are not available for loan.


Readings material is available for two hour loan and are restricted for use within the Library. These materials are available from the loans counter on level 1.

Special Collections

Special Collections comprises various collections eg., Rare Book Collection, St Barnabas Collection , Evatt Collection and material not on open access for other reasons:

  • Limited editions
    • Editions of 150 or less where of value in respect of contents
    • Other limited editions where they are also of aesthetic importance
  • Books of aesthetic importance, fine printing, special presses, binding, etc.
  • Fine prints, drawings, etc. including portfolios, albums, loose plates
  • Theses
  • Fragile books
  • Vulnerable material
  • Serials published before 1850
  • Evatt Collection
  • Manuscripts

More information is available on these collections.

These materials are under varying levels of access, and any queries regarding their use should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian.


The theses of Flinders postgraduates and some Honours students are also kept in Special Collections. Some are available for loan, while others have more restricted access. If you would like to consult a particular thesis, please ask the Special Collections Librarian if any special conditions apply.