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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that University of Melbourne Collections may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons, or culturally sensitive content (more information).

Archives and Special Collections are open to all and can be accessed through the Reading Room at the Baillieu Library. Each collection has an online catalogue that can be used to locate materials, which can then be requested for viewing via the Aeon request management system. An increasing amount of material is available online as digital collections, which are regularly updated.

Digitised collections are available via the University of Melbourne's Digitised Collections portal.

Online collection catalogues

  • East Asian

    Search for East Asian collections in the University Library Catalogue.  For Rare East Asian materials search under Baillieu Special Collections in the catalogue.

  • Maps

    Search for Maps in the University Library Catalogue. Search under Baillieu Special Collections for Rare Map collections.

  • Prints

    The Prints collection is fully searchable through the Prints database.

  • Rare Books

    Most Rare Books can be searched for in the University Library Catalogue. Some collections are only accessible via card catalogues or lists. Please see Rare Books page for more information.

  • Rare Music

    Search for Rare Music collections  in the University Library Catalogue. Business and personal papers of the Editions de l'Oiseau-Lyre Archive can be found in the University of Melbourne Archives catalogue.

  • University of Melbourne Archives

    University of Melbourne Archives collections are described on an online catalogue with summary collection-level information. The catalogue also contains finding aids for many of the collections. Finding aids will generally contain unit, box or item numbers that should be quoted when requesting material.

    The Archives also maintain an online digitised items catalogue containing digitised photographs, drawings, documents and early minutes of the University.  Additionally, some digitised items including audio recordings can be found on the University Library Digitised Collections, University of Melbourne Archives.

    Some material may be restricted and require additional permissions to be sought prior to it being available, including collections containing material relating to Indigenous Communities, Child Welfare Records and Records about Students.

  • Theses

    The University of Melbourne Thesis Collection consists of archival copies of all Masters by Research and PhD theses completed to 2017, and digital copies can be requested via the University Digitisation Centre. Theses after 2017 exist as digital copies only and can be accessed via the Institutional Repository.

    To locate Honours theses search the Library catalogue in the Rare Books holdings. Honours theses are often held in departmental offices or libraries and may be available for reference there.