(14 Dec 2022) The University of Sydney and the University of Melbourne libraries are working together to increase the use of their unique special collections and archives by extending access to people who cannot attend campus by using practices established in recent years.
This project is linked to an international initiative to increase access to their rare and special collections when visits have not been possible. A Virtual Reading Room uses high-resolution cameras and video conferencing technology to bring collections directly from the reading rooms to your own room in a one-on-one online session.
The University of Sydney and the University of Melbourne libraries are enthusiastic about making their special collections more accessible. The age, value or rarity of special collections items have previously limited access to in-person, supervised, reading room environments. The Virtual Reading Room will allow patrons to take a closer look at special collections from any location and is available to people who cannot attend campuses in-person.
Read more about the virtual reading room with photos here.