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We hold approximately 7500 books, with a focus on LGBTIQ+ books published in Australia, by Australian authors, or about Australia. Selected non-Australian historiographical books, biographies and literature are also held. Our Rare Books Collection holds items dating from the mid-19th century as well as association copies and artists’ books.

We also hold a number of personal book collections, including:

  • The Ardy Tibby Collection: A notable collection of over 500 volumes of Australian and USA lesbian fiction.
  • The David McDiarmid Book Collection: A small collection of 38 volumes from the library of this prominent Australian artist donated by his estate.
  • The Colin Simson Collection: Almost 200 volumes of gay erotic pulp fiction from the 1960s to 1980s, published in the USA and UK.

We also have a wish list (pdf) of books we’d like to acquire. If you’d like to help us by donating a copy or sponsoring a purchase, please contact us. We’re very grateful to our donors for helping us build our collection.

Books catalogue list (pdf)

Darlington statement: Joint consensus statement from the intersex community retreat in Darlington / Eve Black, et al ([Sydney: Androgen Insensitivity Support Syndrome Support Group Australia (AISSGA), Intersex Trust Aotearoa New Zealand (ITANZ), Organisation Intersex International Australia (OIIAU), Bladder Exstrophy Epispadias Cloacal Exstrophy Hypospadias Australian Community – BEECHAC], March 2017)
Darlington statement: Joint consensus statement from the... 2017
Transportation : copy of a communication upon the subject. Addressed to Earl James Lorem / Francis-Russell Nixon (London : The House of Commons, 1847)
Transportation: copy of a communication upon the subject.... 1847
The homosexual villain, Lot's Wife (Melbourne, Vic), 10 April 1964, p4
No end to the way 1967
Living and loving in diversity: an anthology of Australian multicultural stories / Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli (editor) (Mile End, SA: Australian LGBTIQ Multicultural Council, 2018)
Living and loving in diversity: an anthology of Australian... 2018
The well of loneliness / Radclyffe Hall (New York: Covici Friede Publishers, 1928)
The well of loneliness 1928
Young, gay, and proud / Melbourne Gay Teachers and Students Group (Melbourne : Gay Teachers’ and Students’ Group, 1978)
Young, gay and proud 1978