FedUni Historical Collection

The University has an extensive collection of historical material dating from the opening of the Ballarat School of Mines in 1870. Over 15,000 items in the collection are currently catalogued. A selection of these can be accessed digitally via the Library catalogue.

Click here to access collections, FedUni Historical Collection page.

Visitors are welcome to access the collection in the Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre during opening hours or by appointment. For up to date information, visit the FedUni Historical Collection page.


Location and floorplan


Borrowing information

Items from the FedUni Historical Collection cannot be borrowed from the Library. Items must be used within the Blainey reading room only. To make an appointment to access the FedUni Historical Collection material please contact the Library.

Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre opening hours

The Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre can be accessed by appointment or during the following hours:

Tuesday 9.30am – 1.00pm
Wednesday 1.00pm – 5.00pm
Thursday 1.00pm – 5.00pm
Friday 9.30am – 1.00pm

Opening hours

All campus libraries are open throughout the year but closed on designated University and public holidays, and staff development and planning days. Opening/closing times vary depending on whether it is a semester/term period, an exam/SWOTVAC week or a non-teaching/vacation period. View the Library opening hours, or contact us.