While access is limited to the Special Collections this online exhibition will provide a snap-shot of the themes within some of the individual Special Collections. Book covers and basic information can be viewed, and several of the books have additional links to can explore to gain further understanding of the book itself, the author, or the time period in which is was written.
Each month the books from different individual collection will be highlighted on this page. Collections will be:
There has been a library on the Footscray Park campus site since a Mechanics Institute was established there in 1916. Certain rare and valuable items have been acquired or donated to the library during this time. These items form the basis of this collection. Of particular significance in the development of the Special Collection was the purchase in 1988 of the personal collection of author and historian, Mr John White.
Themes explored this month are Australian Literature, Western Suburbs History, Transport, History - books to preserve, and All things Australian - art, sport, story and song.
The Special Collection is also known as the 'Rare and Valuable Books' collection at VU Library.
Note: Please be advised that some titles displayed in this exhibition contain content that is culturally sensitive. Some material contains terms that reflect authors’ views, or those of the period in which the item was written or recorded, but may not be considered appropriate today. These views are not necessarily the views of VU Library. While the information may not reflect current understanding, it is provided in an historical context.