The Special Collections are a valuable research resource. The Collections have strong threads of radical literature, particularly Australian Communist literature, much of which is rare or unique. Women and urban planning also feature across the Collections. There are collections that give you a picture of the people who donated them like Ray Verrills, John & Shirley McLaren, Sir Zelman Cowen, and Ruth & Maurie Crow. Other collections, such as the PNG and the Pacific collection and Timor-Leste collection, focus on Australia's neighbours.
The Special Collections listed below were accepted from their donors because they support the key research areas at Victoria University.
Special Collections items can't be borrowed, but may be viewed on appointment in the Special Collections reading room on level 4 of the Footscray Park library.
The VU Special Collections - How to access and use guide provides researcher stories, historical information about the individual collections, past exhibitions, and tips on how to access and use the material.
The VU Archives hold historical material published by Victoria University, and relating to the organisation and its predecessors.