Using the reading room

To save time in your research of Fryer's manuscript collections, we suggest that you plan your visit first.

Fryer's collection contains fragile, rare and unique material. When we make this material accessible, we need to avoid damage or loss. We appreciate your support in preserving our rare materials for future researchers by:

  • Providing photographic identification - University ID, driver’s licence or 18+ card
  • Registering as a Fryer user
  • Placing all belongings in lockers
  • Keeping the reading room a food and drink free zone (including no bottled water or lozenges)
  • Checking with library staff before making copies or taking photographs
  • Not removing Fryer items from the reading room
  • Using PENCIL ONLY to take notes and not marking, altering or tracing the items in any way

For users of rare book and manuscript materials

  • Only one box of manuscript material, or one rare book will be issued at a time. If you require more than one item at a time, please consult Fryer staff
  • Handle items with care. Place items securely on the table without any overhang. Do not place anything on top of the item or lean on the item. Take care when turning pages; do not moisten fingers or use rubber finger- stalls. Book pillows and cotton gloves will be supplied
  • Please wash and dry your hands thoroughly before handling items. Hand lotions, sunscreens and the skin’s natural oils can cause deterioration and staining of paper
  • Keep items in their original order. Individual items must not be removed from the file, bundle or folder in which they are kept. Paper flags are available for place marking; do not use post-it notes, cardboard, pens, pencils, notepads or fold corners of pages to mark a place
  • If you notice any damaged or deteriorating records while using a collection, please advise Fryer staff. In some cases, access to very fragile material may be restricted to assist long-term preservation
  • Non-flash photography of published material (including older books from our RAB collection) is allowed, provided it complies with the portion provided by the Australian Copyright Act (1968)
  • Non-flash photography of unpublished material may be allowed once copyright has been cleared. If you require copies, please discuss your needs with Fryer staff

If you require any specialist conservation equipment when using manuscripts or rare books or have any questions or concerns about items in our collection, please let us know