• 5 August 2020, 9:30am to 31 January 2021, 5:00pm

While there is no access to Special Collections at Footscray Park campus library, you can still explore books across four collections.

The online exhibition ‘Books in Special Collections’ showcases the range of books and the themes prevailing within each collection.

Collection in focus

From August to October-November, books from specific collections were on display to highlight particular themes. The final 2020 Collection in Focus is the Special Collection.

Browse through the virtual Special Collections bookshelf to:

  • view book covers and basic information
  • access details in the library catalogue by clicking on the book cover
  • explore a particular book with additional links about the book itself, the author, or the time period in which the book was written.

December-January: The Special Collection

The Special Collection (also known as the Rare & Valuable Books Special Collection) contains rare and valuable items acquired or donated to the library since 1916. There has been a library on the Footscray Park campus site since a Mechanics Institute was established there in 1916.

In 1988, the purchase of the personal collection of author and historian, Mr John White, was particularly significant for the development of the Special Collection.

Discover books from the Special Collection on the following themes:

  • Australian literature
  • western suburbs history
  • transport
  • history - books to preserve
  • all things Australian - art, sport, story and song.

View the books via the virtual Special Collections bookshelf.

Collections previously displayed

In the past months, the online exhibition ‘Books in Special Collections’ showcased books from specific collections.

August: Ruth & Maurie Crow Collection

September: PNG and the Pacific collection

October-November: John & Shirley McLaren collection

These online displays are again available for viewing.

View the books in the Ruth & Maurie Crow collection on various themes that reflect the 50 years of political and social activism of Ruth Crow A.M. (1916 - 1999) and Maurie Crow (1915 - 1988) in Melbourne:

  • urban planning
  • women's issues
  • labour economics
  • social issues and services
  • conservation.

Discover the PNG and the Pacific collection with a selection of books focusing on:

  • language and culture
  • regional history
  • social structures
  • community and economic development
  • physical spaces and places.

Explore the John and Shirley McLaren Collection with a book display highlighting various themes:

  • stories and storytellers
  • poems and plays
  • multiculturalism
  • Australian studies
  • connections to collections.

While Special Collections at Victoria University are currently closed, you can email [email protected] to ask the Special Collections Librarians your questions.

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