The Earth Sciences Rare Book Collection is an important research collection of rare and early geological and palaeontological texts. Approximately sixty-five per cent of the items are the only known copy available in Australia, thus rendering this a collection of national significance. The collection includes many seminal works from the 19th and early 20th centuries. It has particularly strong holdings of early palaeontological works in English, French and German. The collection also includes significant runs of many early periodical titles. The collection's origins as the private collections and personal libraries of individuals such as Frederick McCoy and Ernest Skeats, early professors at the University who were eminent in their field, mean the collection is significant to the history of the study of earth sciences.
Earth Sciences Rare Books Collection is fully catalogued online. This collection may be accessed through the Cultural Collections Reading Room in the Baillieu Library. Requests for material can be made online prior to visiting the reading room. To request material, please use the online request form.