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Rare Books and Special Collections

Getting started

Use this guide to explore the Library's extensive, diverse and unique Rare Books collection.

You will learn about significant items, how to find and use material from the collection as well as how to get copies.

We've also included some resources to help you to continue learning about rare books.

Rare books at the Library

Visit the Special Collections area in the Mitchell Library Reading Room to use material that you've requested from the Rare Books collection. 

Find the Special Collections area at the southern end of the Mitchell Library Reading Room. The Special Collections area is closed on Sundays.


Digitised image of a plate from The Zoology of the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle

Tanangra Darwini, 1832-1836
Digital order number: a1417007, File number FL3726230