The exhibition displays collection items that showcase the generosity, dedication and ongoing support from the Friends of the University of Sydney Library.
Founded in 1961-1962, Friends of the University of Sydney Library was formed in Australia. It has diligently supported the Library’s interests in the promotion and purchase of rare scholarly materials for the past 60 years. From medieval illuminated manuscripts to seminal mathematical and medical texts, and Australian private press publications, the scope and quantity of supported collection acquisitions has been extensive.
Over the years, the Friends has supported not just the purchase of Rare and Special Collections materials but has also commemorated significant collecting milestones at the Library, and supported conservation and collection stewardship activities, ensuring collections survive to support future generations of students and researchers. In 2022, the Friends of the Library also funded the Library’s Printer in Residence program.
Various items from the Friends of the Library 60th Anniversary exhibition, Rare Books & Special Collections Library
This exhibition pays homage to the Friends of the University of Sydney Library and celebrates its legacy through the significant, synergistic relationship with Rare Books and Special Collections at the University Library. As Sir Normand MacLaurin (Chancellor) remarked on the occasion of the opening of the original Fisher Library in 1909, “This generation will soon pass away but the torch of learning will be handed down by the influence of this great library to generation after generation of Australian scholars.” Those words ring true as clearly today as they did then, and the Library is indebted to the Friends for its enduring support.
Friends of the Library 60th Anniversary Exhibition Launch
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Friends of the Library coincided with the launch of the Friends of the Library 60th Anniversary Exhibition launch.
The launch included guest speakers on the history of the Friends, as well as insights into the exhibition’s collections.