Collections

A - Z collection

The collection is shelved with A-J on Level 2 and K-Z on Level 1 or stored in the Automated Retrieval Collection. The criteria for shelving and storing items can be found in the collection storage principles.

Access to the collection is available to all Library users and guests. Material can only be borrowed by Macquarie University staff, students and registered borrowers.

Automated Retrieval Collection (ARC)

The general principles for items in the ARC include: 

  • All bound and non-current (more than two years old) serials 
  • Monograph titles not purchased or circulated in the last 5 years 
  • All items that require equipment to view or use, e.g. DVDs 

Access to this collection is available by placing an ARC request in MultiSearch. Requests for an item from this collection can be placed by all Library users and guests. Some material can only be borrowed by registered Macquarie University staff, students and registered borrowers.

Reserve collection
The Reserve collection on Level 2 of the Library contains physical items that are on Unit reading lists and therefore may be in high demand by students. Items are moved into and out of the Reserve collection according to whether the item is listed on Unit reading lists. An electronic collection containing items on Unit reading lists is available through links from the relevant Unit in iLearn, or the Unit readings tab in MultiSearch. Access to the collection is available to all Library users and guests. Items from Reserve are normally only available for short-term loan.
Brunner collection

The Brunner collection on Level 2 of the Library is a restricted access collection, located in a special room behind the Reserve section. This collection was formed through a donation by Professors Hellmut Brunner and Emma Brunner-Traut in the early 1990s in the field of Egyptology. The collection has expanded through purchases from the Rundle Foundation for Egyptian Archaeology.

The scope and access to the collection are determined by the conditions under which the original collection was purchased by Macquarie University Library.

The collection is not available for loan. Authorised users, being academic staff, visiting academics and postgraduate students in Egyptology have access to the Brunner collection during Library opening hours. Other bona fide users may request items from the Brunner collection and consult these items under supervision through the Library's restricted access services.

A limited number of titles in the Brunner collection are available electronically. They can only be accessed by Macquarie University staff and students using the Brunner Digitised Collection

Video streaming collection

The Library provides a video streaming collection of selected audiovisual titles. Access is provided to a wide range of Australian and international movies, documentaries and television programs. Streamed titles are accessible anytime, anywhere and can be viewed by multiple users at the same time. 
New titles are being added on a regular basis. Title-specific URLs can be embedded into course unit pages via Macquarie's Learning Management System (LMS).

Access the collection using MultiSearch. An MQID is required for off-campus access.

For more information about this collection visit the film & video collections guide.

You can suggest the Library purchase titles on our Ordering New Material page.

Closed access collection

The Closed access collection consists of items which can be rare, require preservation or require restrictions placed on their usage. This collection is located in the ARC - Closed access collection.

Categories of material in this collection include:

  • Materials which are scarce or of bibliographic excellence which do not qualify for inclusion in the Rare book collection
  • Materials which are vulnerable because of format, e.g. books containing loose plates
  • Materials which are vulnerable because of content e.g. erotica, underground press publications and material deemed confidential when issued
  • Macquarie University publications
  • Books written or edited by Macquarie University authors
  • Macquarie University student newspapers
Curriculum collection

The Curriculum collection on Level 1 contains a wide variety of classroom support materials and resources for lesson preparation and teaching. These resources are primarily for the use of students enrolled in teaching practicum units. Curriculum materials purchased more than 5 years ago or not used within the last 5 years are located into the ARC - Curriculum collection.

Access to the collection is available to all Library users and guests. Access to the ARC - Curriculum collection is available by placing an ARC request in MultiSearch. Requests for an item from this collection are able to be placed by all Library users and guests.

Palaeontology collection

The Palaeontology collection, has as its core the Library of the late Professor Jess Johnson (University of Oregon, Corvallis), purchased by Macquarie University Library in 1994. It includes some rare monographs, Russian language material, a large collection of offprints and the personal papers of Professor Johnson.

This collection is located in the ARC - Palaeontology collection and is only available to authorised users.

The scope and access to the collection are determined by the conditions under which the original collection was purchased by Macquarie University Library.

Authorised users of the collection are Macquarie University academic staff, researchers and postgraduate student, Palaeontologists listed in the Directory of Australasian Palaeontologists. Other visiting academics and research scholars who present a letter of authorisation from the Faculty of Science may also be granted access to the collection.

Map collection

The physical Map collection is located on Level 1. There are facilities available for individual and group study of maps and related materials. These include light tables, a reducer-enlarger and a mirror stereoscope. Special storage cabinets are used for the arrangement and preservation of sheet maps. 

Access to the collection is available to all Library users and guests. This collection is not for loan but items can be borrowed by Macquarie University staff after consultation with the Research Librarian.  Some maps are in the ARC. Access to the ARC is available by placing an ARC request in MultiSearch. Requests for an item from this collection are able to be placed by all Library users and guests.

Rare book collection

The Rare book collection consists of items which are unique or rare and which require restrictions placed on their usage. This collection is located in the ARC - Rare book collection.

Categories of material in this collection include:

  • Australian imprints prior to 1900 and overseas imprints prior to 1800
  • Limited editions of 500 copies or less. Editions of up to 1,000 copies if fine printing is evident or if they fall within areas targeted for acquisition
  • Materials relating to Lachlan Macquarie and the period of his governorship (1810-21)
  • books of aesthetic importance if their printing, binding or illustrations are particularly fine
  • first editions of Australian imprints of significance
  • autographed items or personal copies of a distinguished author or an exceptional person
  • facsimile editions if they meet at least one of the criteria above
Rare map collection

The Rare map collection is located on Level 1.

Request for an item from this collection can be made by all eligible Library users and guests. Items are available for use only under supervision through the Library's restricted access services.

Thesis collection

The Thesis collection contains print copies of all Macquarie University research theses. This collection is located in the ARC - Thesis collection.

Available electronic versions are available in Macquarie University ResearchOnline.

How to find a thesis    Thesis FAQs

Other resources

ACANS - Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies


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