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University Engagement
Level 1 
230 North Terrace
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005 Australia

Phone: +61 8 8313 5800


  Upcoming Events

  Aims of the Network
  • Promote and foster interest and support for the University libraries and their development from Alumni and the wider community;
  • Increase and broaden knowledge of the collections and services of the University libraries and their role in writing, research, scholarship and community information;
  • Develop relationships with other libraries, with cultural organizations and with appropriate commercial organizations for the benefit of members in Australia and overseas and
  • Raise funds for the University libraries.
  Benefits of becoming a Friend
  • Invitations to functions, and joint functions with other libraries and cultural organisations.
  • Invitations and reduced rates to concerts sponsored by the Barr Smith Library.
  • Reciprocal rights at some other cultural institutions in Australia and overseas through associated membership of the AFFM (Australian Federation of Friends of Museums) and the WFFM (World Federation of Friends of Museums).
  • Opportunities to support the restoration, preservation and digitisation of rare works.
If you would like to join the Friends of the Library network, please complete the online registration form.

   Author and Scholar events are proudly sponsored by Unibooks, National Tertiary Education Union (University of Adelaide Branch) and Mantra Hotel. Wines are sponsored by Coriole Vineyards.

These events offer Friends the opportunity to hear and engage with distinguished names in writing and scholarship. The events are open to all, with $5 admission at the door. Join the Friends to be kept informed of future Author and Scholar events.

    Barr Smith Discovery Series

The Barr Smith Discovery Series is an occasional one hour lunch time series offering first hand accounts of discoveries in the Barr Smith Library and the use of the collections for research. The series is free and open to all. The inaugural occasion was with Jean Fornasiero and John West-Sooby speaking on Reading Baudin's Books, 'Rediscovering a Discoverer'. View previous events.

  Adoptabook - a Friends' initiative

The Barr Smith library holds many early printed and rare books collected largely through generous donation. This is a working collection and these unique and valuable resources support and stimulate the University’s extensive and varied teaching and research programmes. Many of these items, now housed in Rare Books and Special Collections, are in need of repair and restoration to ensure the works are available for the continued benefit of future generations of scholars.

There is a wide range of titles in need of restoration and information about them and the Adoptabook Scheme can be found on the webpage:

  Listen to Digital Recordings

Listen to the audio version of many of the Author and Scholar presentations. Then click on the heading Friends of the University of Adelaide Libraries. The list of recordings appears when you click on browse_title or browse_author. Then click on desired title or author and then view/open.

  Independent Theatre Partnership

Friends receive a $25 concession ticket price and may also subscribe at the concession rate of $60 for all three Independent Theatre productions of the year.
Subscribers also receive a free program for each production. Friends are also offered direct booking facilities, avoiding the BASS booking fee. Friends can call 8294 4551 and book their tickets by Visa or Mastercard, tickets to be collected at the Box Office 15 minutes prior to performances with your Friends membership card.

All productions are at The Odeon, Queen St/The Parade, Norwood. For more details about Independent Theatre email: email@independenttheatre.org.au.

  University Theatre Guild Benefits

The University Theatre Guild offers Friends two tickets per member at the special price for Theatre Guild performances. Make your bookings online, either at www.adelaide.edu.au/theatreguild/booking/, click on What's on and then Buy tickets, or at www.trybooking.com and search for the production name.
 Australian Federation of Friends of Museums (AFFM)

A benefit of your Friends membership is associated membership of the AFFM and the WFFM (World Federation of Friends of Museums).
This is a national, non-profit organisation representing museum supporters throughout Australia. Members include groups and individuals who support art galleries, museums, botanic gardens, libraries, zoos, archives and historic sites around the country.

The AFFM has a new website www.ausffm.org.au and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ausffm. The WFFM is at www.museumfriends.com with 36 countries participating. These sites can be searched for the extensive list of members throughout the country and the benefits of membership, especially if you are planning to travel interstate or overseas.

Members can show their card to request reciprocal benefits such as use of the members’ lounge and/or discounts at the book and coffee shops. Reciprocal membership benefits will vary and are offered only to members travelling outside their place of residence. Free or reduced admission to museums or special exhibitions is not generally a benefit of AFFM membership.

  Secondhand and Antiquarian Bookshop Benefits

The following second hand and antiquarian booksellers offer Friends a 10% discount on all book purchases made at their stores on production of their membership cards.
Adelaide Booksellers
12 Twin Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Ph: 08 8410 0216

A Book Affair
39 Kensington Road
Norwood SA 5067
Ph: 08 8361 2181
Acacia Books
189 Hutt Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Ph: 08 8223 2140

Arcadia Books
PO Box 143
Mylor SA 5153
Ph: 08 8388 5802
(Online, appointment to view required)

Colonel Light Book
542 Goodwood Road
Daw Park SA 5041
Ph: 8276 2784

20% discount

Chapter Two Books
6/12 Mt Barker Road
Stirling SA 5254
Ph: 08 8339 1835
Gawler Books
7 Main North Road
Willaston SA 5118
Ph 08 8522 5151

Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers
196 North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000
Ph 08 8223 1111
Owls Bookshop
125 Archer Street
North Adelaide SA 5006
Ph 08 8367 0203
Q Books
17 Railway Terrace
Quorn SA 5433
Ph: 0414 558 555
John Davis Music Shop
Shop 1, 15 Vaughan Place
Adelaide SA 5000
Ph 8232 8287

Mockingbird Lounge
63a Broadway, Glenelg South SA 5045
Ph 7007 2242

Shop 1, 15 Vaughan Place
Adelaide SA 5000
Ph 8232 8287

New Morning Books (incorporating Back Pages)
190 Unley Rd
Unley SA 5061
Ph 8274 1011 or 0411 128 276

Paddy’s Book Shop
881 Marion Road
Clarence Gardens SA 5039
Ph 8371 500,
After hours 0412 207 760



  Contact Details

Paul Wilkins, Secretary

Email: paul.wilkins@adelaide.edu.au

a copy of the Friends of the University of Adelaide charter.

  2014/15 Committee

President: Jane Lomax-Smith
Paul Wilkins
Assistant Secretary:
Robina Weir
Jane Walkley
Members: Hamish Barrett, Kaye Baudinette, Margaret Owen, William Prescott, Janet Fuss, Oliver Mayo
University Librarian Ex Officio: Ray Choate - University Librarian
Fiona Solente - Alumni Relations Officer
Immediate Past President:
Christopher Burrell


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