At the heart of the Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Pacific Collection is a collection of books, journals, government reports, and pamphlets on PNG that was established at Queens College Library at the University of Melbourne during the 1960s by a group of students with an interest in Papuan independence. This material charts the development of Papua New Guinea until the mid-1970s. VU Library acquired this collection in 1994.
From 2005 onwards this collection on Papua New Guinea has been expanded to include donated and rare items on the Pacific region more broadly.
The Collection's strengths are: economics, development and trade, statistical data, governance and administration, language and linguistics, education, culture, society and history. The aim of the collection is to provide materials for researchers in the Papua New Guinea and Pacific studies areas.
Visit the Online Exhibition held in 2021 for a view of some of the material from this collection.