About the Library

Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library

The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library houses many of UniSA Library's Archival Collections.

  • The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library was established by the University of South Australia in December 1997 as an integral component of the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre. The Centre honours Bob Hawke, a third generation South Australian and one of the most notable Prime Ministers of Australia.

    The Library is the first Australian prime ministerial library to be established during the lifetime of the prime minister concerned, and is the home of the Bob Hawke Collection.

    The Library is located in purpose built research and archival facilities in the landmark Hawke Building of the City West campus, officially opened on 11 October 2007. The building, designed by John Wardle Architects in association with Hassell, was honoured with the top prize for public architecture at the 2008 Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) South Australia Architecture Awards and was further honoured with an award of merit for interior architecture.

  • The role and objectives of the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library are to:

    • describe and manage a unique collection of scholarly and research materials and memorabilia
    • provide research services and access to the Library's resources to historians, researchers, students and the general community
    • interpret and highlight themes from the Hawke era through public exhibitions, educational displays and online presentations
    • foster research and publication to further raise the profile and significance of the Hawke era
  • The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library is located at the University of South Australia Library on the City West campus, Hawke Building, Level 5, Room 5.05.

    For further information or to access the collection contact the EASS Academic Library Services team.

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