The Baillieu Library's collections support teaching and research in the arts, humanities and social sciences for undergraduates, postgraduates, academics and researchers.

Baillieu collections by floor

Diagram of Baillieu collections by floor

The Reading Room is on the 3rd floor.

Floor plans

Baillieu floorplans [PDF 346kb]

General Collection (including folios), 3rd floor, 2nd floor & Lower Ground floor

Catalogue locations: UniM Bail, UniM Bail f, UniM Bail gf, UniM Bail ef

UniM Bail: call numbers 001-399 are shelved on the 3rd floor, 400-899 are on the 2nd floor and 900-999 are on the Lower Ground floor.

UniM Bail f: these are the folio (larger sized) books in the call number range 900-999; these are located at the end of the Bail 900 sequence on the Lower Ground floor.

UniM Bail gf & ef: these are the very large books which require special shelving, and are located on the Lower Ground floor after the f 900s.

This collection is arranged by Dewey Decimal Classification. For help locating books, see staff at the Service Desk on the Ground floor or refer to our General Collection webpage for more information.

High Use Collection, Ground floor

Catalogue location: UniM Bail High Use

The High Use Collection contains prescribed texts and recommended reading materials which can be borrowed either for two hours or overnight by University of Melbourne staff and students. The collection is open access - please check out your books before leaving the High Use Room. Please note: there is a borrowing limit of 2 two-hour loan items at a time.

This room also contains the hold shelves, where requested books, including Bonus + and interlibrary loans, are held for pick-up. These are filed alphabetically by the requester's surname and should be checked out before leaving the room.

Find out more about High Use Collections

Academic staff - find out how to add items to the High Use Collection

Reference Collection, Ground floor

Catalogue location: UniM Bail REF

Containing resources such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, directories and handbooks, the Reference Collection is for use within the library and cannot be borrowed. However, many reference resources are now available online.

Journals, Lower Ground floor

Catalogue location: UniM Bail P

Print copies of journals are arranged by call number, using Dewey Decimal Classification.  

Larger-sized journals (with location codes UniM Bail P f, UniM Bail P gf and UniM Bail P ef) are shelved at the end of the journal sequence.

Bound (older) volumes may be borrowed by staff and postgraduate students.  Unbound (recent) issues cannot be borrowed. Although academic journals are increasingly available online, our print journal collection remains invaluable as it includes titles and date ranges that are not covered by our online subscriptions.

For more information, here's our guide to finding journal articles.

Newspapers, Lower Ground floor

Catalogue location: UniM Bail P Newspaper shelves

We hold a select number of newspapers in hardcopy for around 3 months.  After this time they will be available on microfilm or fiche, or available online.  Titles can be located via the catalogue or by browsing the newspaper shelves.

For further information, see our guide Finding news.

Microforms Collection, Lower Ground floor

Catalogue locations: UniM Bail MIC, UniM Bail MIC/o, UniM Bail MIC/f

This significant collection contains microfilm, microfiche and indexes and has a wealth of primary and secondary source material, much of which is not available in print or digital format. There are reading, printing and scanning facilities available next to the collection.

For further information, see our guide to using microform. For assistance, see Service Desk staff on the Ground floor.

Special Collections (including Rare Books, Rare Music & Prints), 3rd floor

Catalogue location: UniM Bail SpC

Consisting of books, journals, pamphlets, and archival material, this collection is 'closed access' because of the age, value or uniqueness of an item and to ensure their long-term care and preservation for the future.  Items can be pre-requested using this online form; you will then be able to consult requested items  in the Reading Room, 3rd floor, Baillieu Library.

For assistance, contact Reading Room staff or visit  the Special Collections website.

The University of Melbourne Archives, 3rd floor

Catalogue location: UniM Archives

We collect the historical records of the University, Victorian business, trade unions and other labour organisations, community and cultural organisations and the personal papers of individuals within them. Items can be pre-requested using this online form for viewing in the Reading Room, 3rd floor, Baillieu Library.

For more information, consult the Using Archives guide, visit the UoM Archives website or contact the Archives team.