We hold thousands of rare books dating from 1544, mostly donated through a variety of individuals, organisations, private collections, as well as academics associated with the University of Newcastle and Hunter Region.
There are also extensive and unique holdings of primary source regional archives relating to European people who made Australia their home dating from 1826 and of enormous importance to understanding the growth and evolution of the Hunter Region, as well as Aboriginal artefacts dating back at least 7,000 years and research material relating to the study of Australian Aboriginal language and culture.
To locate individual rare books within the collections, as well as some archival collections, search our NEWCAT database here, and limit the search to “Cultural Collections”: https://library.newcastle.edu.au/
To search across our holdings, including online digital items: http://libguides.newcastle.edu.au/ccsearch
To browse our archival finding aids, rare book collection descriptions, and background, please consult our official Website here:
If you wish to enquire about a topic you are interested in, or wish to view an item or collection inhouse, please make an appointment by phone: +61 2 4921 5354 or email email@example.com
Our opening hours are 9.00am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays)