Reading Room

The Reading Room will close from Wednesday 21st December-Sunday 8th January inclusive. We will reopen on Monday 9th January. The last day to request offsite material for viewing in 2022 (locations Bundoora, Store or UM Archives) will be Tuesday December 13th.

We are piloting a new online service. Read about our Virtual Reading Room (VRR).

The Reading Room welcomes all researchers wishing to access items from the University of Melbourne’s Archives and Special Collections (ASC).  Materials from these collections cannot be borrowed by individuals but can be accessed in the specialised environment of the Baillieu Library Reading Room.

Access to the Reading Room is by appointment. Appointments are available from 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm each weekday. View Reading Room hours here.

Before your first visit to the Reading Room, please read our Visit page for advice about what to expect when you arrive, how to handle our fragile collections, and information about copying material.

Use the Reading Room in three easy steps:

  • 1. Search

    Use our catalogues to search for items of interest.

  • 2. Request

    Enter a request for the items you wish to view in the Reading Room through Aeon, our collection management system. Detailed information about requesting through Aeon can be found here.

    Please be aware that items may be held offsite and can require up to 5 business days for retrieval.

    Request Material

  • 3. Book an Appointment

    In addition to your request to view collection material, appointments are required to use the Reading Room. Bookings are available each weekday between 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm. Without an appointment your visit may be refused.

    Book an Appointment

Virtual Reading Room

We have recently launched a pilot service to provide increased virtual access to our collections in a one-on-one, online setting. Using high-resolution cameras and video conferencing software we can bring our collections to you regardless of your location. Read more about our Virtual Reading Room, and make a booking here.

Virtual Reading Room

Contact Us

Email: reading-room@unimelb.edu.au

Telephone: +61 3 8344 5380