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Title : Barr Smith Library Barr Smith Library
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Date of creation : 1932
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 207 x 152
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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The Reading Room Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide photographed in 1932.

One of the architectural highlights of the Barr Smith Library building is the Reading Room with its gilded ceiling and Latin inscribed frieze.
Initially the Reading Room was planned to hold 15,000 volumes and give reading space for 200 readers. A bookstack at ground level gave capacity for 135,000 volumes, and a proposed stack extension was projected to provide total accommodation of 500,000 volumes.
Today the Barr Smith library has over 2 million volumes and services the information needs of thousands of students and academics.
Related names :

Barr Smith Library

University of Adelaide

Coverage year : 1932
Period : 1927-1939
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :

Heritage of the city of Adelaide : an illustrated guide Adelaide Corporation of the City of Adelaide, 1990

Burn, Margy The Barr Smith Library : its early days [Adelaide] : University of Adelaide Library, 1982

University of Adelaide Official opening and inspection of the Barr Smith Library, March 4th, 1932 Adelaide : Hassell Press, 1932

Page, Michael F Sculptors in space : South Australian architects 1836-1986 [Adelaide, S. Aust.] : Royal Australian Institute of Architects (South Australian Chapter), 1986

Turney, Barbara Adelaide, city of charm [Kent Town, S. Aust.] : Axiom Publishing, 1989

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