Named collections

Over 100 specific collections of books, speeches, images, archives and manuscripts.

Bannon Collection
Archives, images and library of the Hon. Dr. John Bannon, academic, historian and former South Australian Premier
Borrow Collection
Early settlement history of South Australia from the collection of Keith Travers Borrow
Dunstan Collection
Speeches, images, archives and library of Don Dunstan, former South Australian Premier
Evatt Collection
Archives and library of Dr H.V. Evatt, former federal Minister and Leader of the Opposition
A-Z list
List of all special collections
Subject guide
Special collections by Subject
Adrian Feint bookplate   Fantasticks theatre programme   Canton ware bowl
Bookplate by Adrian Feint
for Thea Proctor.
Bookplate collection

Fantasticks Program
by John Nowland
Theatre Programs Collection

Canton ware bowl
Chinese domestic scenes.
Heap Mannam Collection

Special Collections

Apart from the separate named collections, the following types of material are held on closed access in Special Collections:

  • Rare and antiquarian books
  • Limited editions valuable for either their content or aesthetic importance
  • Books of aesthetic importance, fine printing, special press material, fine binding, fine art work etc.
  • Fine prints, drawings and photographs including portfolios and items including loose plates
  • Fragile items
  • Vulnerable material
  • Serials published before 1850
  • Manuscripts
  • Maps
  • Slide Collection
  • South Australiana

Any queries regarding their use should be directed to Special Collections.

General conditions apply to all other special collections.

All Special Collections material is to be used in the Special Collections reading room.
After hours access to some categories of material may be granted at the discretion of Special Collections.

Opening Hours for Special Collections

Usually available Monday to Friday, 10.00am - 1.00pm, and 2.00pm - 4.00pm, or by appointment.

Please contact us before you visit as staff are not always in attendance. | 8201 3069

Closed all public holidays


Special Collections is situated in the Central Library on Level 3, adjacent to the Law Library.


  • The Special Collections Reading Room has seating for up to 15 people.
  • A photocopier and scanner are available.
  • Permission to copy material (subject to copyright law) depends on the condition of the original document.
  • Access to the Library's catalogue and the Internet is available.



More information

For more information contact Special Collections.