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» 2013 Barr Smith Library Appeal
Sir Thomas Bodley, one of the greatest librarians of modern times, when he took on the task of developing Oxford University Library, said with admirable insight, foresight and candour that four things are required for building a great library – ‘learning, leisure, money and friends’.
The Barr Smith Library has been most fortunate since its foundation in 1876 to have had so many good friends – amongst the earliest were Robert Barr Smith, after whom the Library is named, and his wife, Joanna.
Over the years their family donated endowment funds which are still supporting new monograph acquisitions, and also the funds to build the magnificent Barr Smith Library (now just over 80 years old).
Another generous friend was Sir Samuel Way who in 1916 bequeathed the bulk of his private library (reputed to be the largest private library in Australia) to the University. 16,400 volumes were selected and thousands of these books are still in use today for research and learning by members of the University community.
There are many other friends who have provided books and other resources for the benefit of the University and wider community. For more than a decade our current day friends have generously given funds as part of the Barr Smith Library Annual Appeal, enriching and enhancing the Library’s resources in many disciplines. Your gift will make a difference not only today, but will provide a legacy for the Library of tomorrow..
Please use the
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to the right side of this page, or contact Grega Vrettis, Development Officer, by phone (08) 8313 7193 or email
for more information.
» From our Donors
“My favourite memory is of working in the Reading Room after hours – it was absolutely quiet with just a few dedicated students. It was a joy to work in there.
I see the library as the hub of the University – even with the changes in modern technology, it is still there; that reliance is crucial I think.” -
“I know that to maintain and update the library resources is very expensive, so I wanted to help future students as somebody did for us in the past.
Although my contribution was very small, it might be helpful to add a few books or resources.” -
“I’ve seen students walk out of the book sale and they’re overjoyed - they’ve got the books they needed without having to pay a lot of money and they treasure them.
If you give a book to someone, they will learn from that book - you may not know the impact that knowledge has on their career, but I assure you it will make a difference.” -
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