Library Special Collections

Special Collections

Notice on COVID-19 Impact

Physical access to Special Collections is currently unavailable and our reading rooms are closed on both campuses.

Work on creating digital versions of materials from the special collections is continuing and being made accessible through our online repository, NQHeritage@JCU. Follow the growing number of treasures appearing there as part of the 50 Treasures: Celebrating 50 years of JCU project.

For further information and assistance contact us.

About Special Collections

James Cook University Library collects information resources (Collection Development Guidelines) that have significance to North Queensland.

The University’s Strategic Intent and the University Plan include statements that indicate a strong commitment by the University to the advancement of northern Queensland. The Special Collections are developed in line with this focus and the four major teaching and research themes of James Cook University:

  • Tropical Ecosystems, Conservation and Climate Change
  • Industries and Economies in the Tropics
  • People and Societies in the Tropics
  • Tropical Health, Medicine and Biosecurity

The geographical area of North Queensland for the purpose of collection building is defined as the area in Queensland above latitude 22.5. This area includes the Barrier Reef, Torres Strait and other islands which are part of the State of Queensland.

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