ALIA Rare Books and Special Collections

ABOUT aliarare

ALIA Rare Books and Special Collections is a forum for library and information professionals who are responsible for, and interested in, rare books and special collections. The group provides an opportunity for discussion and the exchange of information on rare books as well as other special collections including ephemera, manuscripts, maps and pictorial materials. Our focus is on the collection, description, preservation, interpretation, promotion and use of these materials.




Convenor: Maggie Patton (State Library of New South Wales) @MaggiePatts
Events/ALIA Liaison: Diana Richards (ALIA) @dianarichards24
Secretary/Social Media: Dr Rachel Franks (State Library of New South Wales) @cfwriter
South Australia: Lauren Gobbett (ALIA) @librarylaureng
Victoria: Hayley Webster (Museums Victoria) @hayleybwebster


  • Australasian Rare Books Summer School 2019 Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand,  28 January - 1 February 2019 - for more information follow this link.
  • The Australian Centre for Public History GLAMSLAM 2019  at the University of Technology Sydney, 15 March 2019



ALA RBMS Directory of Web Resources for the Rare Materials Cataloguer  

Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers: Home Page

Bibliographic Society of Australia and New Zealand: Home Page

Careers in Rare Books and Special Collections: FAQs

Conservation Online: Resources for Conservation Professionals

Melbourne Rare Book Week: Home Page

Rare Book School: Advance Reading Lists

Valuation of Books and Other Printed Items: A Guide

professional groups

American Library Association (US) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section

Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand

Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (UK) Rare Books and Special Collections Group

International Federation of Library Associations (Intl) Rare Books and Special Collections Section


Group interest
Rare books and special collections
Group category