The Academic Centre brings together the libraries of St Mary's College and Newman College, and the shared library continues to develop to support the study and wider reading of current residents.
Irish studies collection
The Newman College Irish collection was formed in 1924 with a bequest to
the College. The initial collection comprised books
and pamphlets, many in the Irish language, from the
personal library of Dr Nicholas Michael O’Donnell.
The descendants of Nicholas O'Donnell have recently loaned to the Academic Centre two of his scrapbooks of newsclippings, letters and photographs. These have been digitised with generous support from the Embassy of Ireland as part of their support for events to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising. In the days around the Rising, Nicholas captured news of events in Dublin as reported in Melbourne newspapers like the Argus. The scrapbooks are available here for download: