Digital Collections


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The University of Newcastle Library’s Special Collections is the home of the historical and cultural memory of the University and its regional context and has been digitising items from their holdings since the 1990s. The university library holds thousands of items, including collections of manuscripts, University Archives and Rare Books collections of medieval manuscripts and early printed books, as well as personal papers, diaries, oral histories and other important archives associated with business and industry.  Digital Scriptorium of the Special Collections contains a selection of digitised manuscript and printed works.

Our online collections, archives and other materials support the University’s research, teaching and learning goals. It also ensures connections and communicates university research and regional histories to our wider communities, and global audiences.

How to Access Our Collections

Online at Living Histories Digital platform (items of various formats, including audio-visual and 3D digital assets)

Online to view Collections 

Highlights from Special Collection

Margaret Senior Collection
Pender Archive
The Deep Time Project
Hunter Rainbow History Group: Hunter HIV/AIDS Collection
Allan Family Collection
Virtual Sourcebook for Aboriginal Studies in the Hunter Region








Access to materials held in Special Collections is available through our Special Collections Reading Room. Bookings are essential and must be made at least two working days in advance via our Library Bookings and Appointments. The Reading Room can be booked Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm. Please provide as much information as possible regarding the material you would like to access so we can best assist you.

Do you have a question or enquiry for our Special Collections team?  Send us an enquiry.

Other Library online sources

NOVA – The NOVA open access repository showcases the research outputs of staff and students of the University of Newcastle.

Library Search– catalogue search

Other online resources for Living Histories Researchers, including Free tools and open Resources (see QR code here)

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The Library updates and support information page

University of Newcastle Library homepage


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