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The University of Melbourne has a number of rare and valuable collections that are used for research, teaching and learning. As the collections require a specialist environment to preserve them for future generations, they are stored in secure areas.
This is where the Reading Room comes in: our staff retrieve collection items for you to view in a purpose-built supervised space.
We're here to help you access the following collections:
The Reading Room is open by appointment Monday to Friday. The Reading Room is closed on University holidays.
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From 12 April 2021, the Reading Room will be open to all users to access Archives and Special Collections materials. Please make requests for materials through the Aeon system. You will be directed to make an appointment for time in the Reading Room at the same time.News
From 1 March 2021, the Reading Room will be open to all users to access Archives and Special Collections materials. Please make requests for materials through the Aeon system. The Reading Room will be open for two-hour appointments at 11am and 2pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.News
From 18 January 2021, all students and staff of the University of Melbourne who are approved to return to campus and wish to access Archives and Special Collections via the Reading Room should make their request for materials through the Aeon system.News
The Baillieu Library Reading Room is currently only available via bookings for Researchers of the University of Melbourne approved on campus via your Research Return to Campus Coordinators. For more details go here.News
Aeon will be undergoing scheduled system maintenance on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm EDT. You may be unable to access your Aeon account and make requests during this time.News
The Reading Room will return to regular semester opening hours, as of Monday 25 February 2018.News
The Reading Room will be closed on Monday the 28 January 2019 for the Australia Day holiday.News
With 2018 coming to a close, we would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our Researchers for their patronage throughout the year.News
Our regular visitors will have noticed recent changes in the Reading Room; these changes form part of our ongoing program of improvements both to the general facilities and as part of our response to the Security Review we completed in early 2017.News