How to request a rare book

Items from the rare book collection cannot be borrowed, but are available to view upon request.

To request a book from the rare book collection:

  • search for the item in the Library Catalogue
  • select the required item from the search results
  • click Request under Find in Library (you must be logged in to see this option)
  • fill in the form and click send request.

External users can search the Catalogue for item details and then email their request to

Rare book retrieval

Requests must be submitted by 10am in order to be viewed the following day.

Rare books are retrieved daily during the week. No retrievals will take place on weekends or public holidays.

Items are held for seven calendar days from the date of the request.


Items can only be viewed within the Menzies Library. We recommend you view the item in the study area located on Level 2 of the Menzies Library. When you are finished viewing the item, please return it to staff at the information desk. Please indicate if you are finished your viewing or if you would like to return to view it another day (loans are for a maximum of one week).

For further information please email the Menzies Library or call +61 2 6125 2005.