The library’s collection comprises approximately 50,000 monographs (including books, exhibition catalogues and dissertations), 3,000 DVDs and Blu-rays, 400 journal titles and a legacy collection of 40,000 high resolution digital images. The collection subject scope encompasses the history of the visual arts with a particular focus on modern and contemporary artists and movements, art of the Asia-Pacific region, and Australian indigenous art. The collection includes works on semiotics, philosophy, cultural studies, museum and gallery curation, architecture, literature, photography and cinema.
The library also holds some of the personal archives of Emeritus Professor Bernard Smith, Emerita Professor Virginia Spate and the artist file archives of the Sherman Galleries.
Allen, Jack & Cottier architects designed the library space as a synthesis of modernist and humanist ideals. Large windows and high ceilings in the main reading area create a light and airy environment with a vista over the tennis courts and playing fields of The Square.
The mezzanine study areas are naturally lit by skylights and dedicated areas on this floor are provided for digital media viewing, rare books and materials relating to Japanese art. A research room is set aside for the use of postgraduate students and visiting scholars, and public computers are also available on this level.
The library is closely associated with the Discipline of Art History and Discipline of Film Studies and provides specific materials and facilities for students undertaking related courses.
During semesters: Monday to Friday, 8:30am-6pm
Out of semester: Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm (closed 1pm-2pm)