Friends of the Baillieu Library
About the Friends
The University of Melbourne Library has a long history of support by friends since George McArthur gave his outstanding collection to the University over 100 years ago. This was the Library's first major bequest.
Since then, the Library has received many gifts, including works from collectors' own libraries and bequests or donations which have allowed it to acquire many outstanding publications.
The day-to-day work of the Library and its collections are financed through the University's normal funding. Each year sees the addition of more than 40,000 volumes. These largely represent the current scholarly output of publishers from all over the world. The Library regularly acquires material in 17 languages.
Despite the regular expenditure on the collections of over eleven million dollars a year, the Library still needs the active support of Friends to help it buy items of special importance.
Without the support of the Friends of the Baillieu Library, rare books are increasingly beyond the Library's means. The value of the work of the Friends is amply demonstrated by their help in acquiring many notable works.
Support Given by the Friends of the Baillieu Library
See Graham N. Dudley, 'Friends of the Baillieu Library: 40 years on', University of Melbourne Collections, issue 1, November 2007, pp. 14-19.
For a history of the Friends, see Peter McInnes, 'Friends of the Baillieu Library', University of Melbourne Library Journal, vol. 5, no. 2, December 1999, pp. 38-40. This special edition of the University of Melbourne Library Journal marked the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Baillieu Library and was generously supported both financially and in practical ways by the Friends of the Baillieu Library.
For lists of the many books, manuscripts, maps and other items presented, and other types of support given by the Friends to the Library since 1966, see:
[June Stewart, Juliet Flesch and Valerie Turnbull (eds), with an introduction by W.D. Richardson], Friends of the Baillieu Library: A list of books presented to the University of Melbourne, 1966-1987. Parkville: The University of Melbourne, 1987.
Merete Smith, 'Friends of the Baillieu Library: A list of books presented to the University of Melbourne 1988–1998. A supplement to the list of books presented to the University of Melbourne 1966–1987'. This was also published as: Merete Smith, 'Presented by the Friends of the Baillieu Library', University of Melbourne Library Journal, vol. 5, no. 2, December 1999, pp. 44-48.
Benefits of joining the Friends of the Baillieu Library
There are good reasons for joining the Friends and supporting the Library's commitment to knowledge:
- Special events throughout the year;
- Substantial discount on Library membership/borrowing fee;
- Complimentary subscription to the publication University of Melbourne Collections.
Membership fees (including GST): Single $55; Double $88; Combined Friends plus Baillieu Library $185; Institutional $110
Download the membership form.
For further information please contact:
Friends of the Baillieu Library
Cultural Collections Reading Room
The University of Melbourne VIC 3010
Phone: 8344 5997
Email: leannelm@ unimelb.edu.au