Features of the new Library
More study space
This vibrant, yet comfortable and supported learning environment will feature variety of spaces that will include both secured and open spaces which will almost double the seating. Light and airy social spaces will connect seamlessly with purpose-designed study spaces, outdoor and weather-protected terrace gardens; collaborative, silent and quiet study areas; and consultation and seminar rooms. The versatility of the transformed Library spaces will facilitate extended opening hours.
New Service Model
A new service model will strengthen links between the Library and student support services including the Study and Learning Centre and the Disability Liaison Unit. Roving service staff (equipped with answers for common questions) will guide students to Librarians for reference, research and information management assistance. The Library and student support areas will also collaborate to offer study skills classes, drop-in sessions and other learning initiatives.
The transformed Library will support both onsite and online learning and teaching. Individual and collaborative computing facilities and accessible power outlets will be readily available. High-quality wireless internet will span the buildings and surrounds. Digital exhibition, signage and learning technologies will complement face-to-face student support.
Improved Access to Collections
The complete refurbishment, over two levels (5 and 6) of buildings 8, 10 and 12, consolidates the physical collection into building 8. Digital and physical collections will continue to be tailored to learning, teaching and research needs. Well-lit shelves with wheelchair accessible aisles will be clearly arranged. New display and exhibition facilities will aid engagement with the Library’s collections as well as highlighting core collections. External return chutes will simplify the return of loans.