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CDU Library's collections are E-preferred. Most collections are available through Library Search, including some exam papers from previous years and CDU theses. Our Cultural and Heritage Collections are an exception and are available through CDU Digital Collections.


This book dispensing unit contains a small collection of high-demand textbooks required for units delivered at the Waterfront campus. The items in this collection can't be requested or sent to other locations.

Journals and magazines

Current journals are available electronically. Older editions are stored offsite in our Store facility, and we will retrieve them for you; just ask us

Special collections and archives

These collections comprise broad, interdisciplinary, published and unpublished material dealing with Northern Australia and contiguous maritime and land areas.  

CDU Digital Collections

The East Timor Collection contains materials published in Portuguese during the Salazarist dictatorship from 1926 to 1974. Currently, 36 titles from the Collection, published between 1885-1985, mainly in Portuguese, are available electronically. The whole collection of 1640 titles covering the Portuguese period in East Timor is accessible through Library Search. If you'd like to view an item, we'll retrieve it for you - send a request to us.

CDU has historically significant photograph collections such as the Shewring and Vesteys Collections. There are also photographs documenting the history of Charles Darwin University from the Ledwidge collection.

The Arafura Research Archive Collection preserves and makes available records relating to research in the Northern Territory and region. Topics covered document social, educational, military and political history. Some of the treasures in the collection relate to bilingual education in remote NT communities, the history of South East Asia, the emotive history of the Territory's short-lived Rights of the Terminally Ill Act, the NT Euthanasia Collection, and the evolution of the University. A small number of materials, including box lists, are available electronically. The majority of the collection’s materials are held in the archives. Ask us if you'd like to view an item, and we'll retrieve it for you.

Rare book collection

Held at Casuarina campus Library. Items are restricted from general use as they are rare or fragile. Send a request to us if you'd like to view an item, and we'll retrieve it for you.

Kevin Sherlock collection

A unique collection of resources relating to Timor Leste, including published and unpublished materials. The collection was gifted to the Charles Darwin University Library by the late Kevin Sherlock. Items are listed in Library Search and located at our Palmerston campus Library. This collection, as instructed by the donor, is a closed collection. Email us if you'd like to view an item, and we'll arrange access for you.

Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages

This digital archive of endangered literature in Indigenous languages of the Northern Territory is now hosted by the Library and Archives of the Northern Territory (LANT). Browse the collection.

For more detail about how we maintain our collections, see CDU Library's Collections Policy.  Please contact us if you'd like to know more.

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