Friends unite to create new teaching space

Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland Inc. have donated $50,000 to launch the fundraising for the creation of a dedicated teaching space within the Fryer Library at the University’s St Lucia Campus.

The University of Queensland’s Fryer Library intends to transform part of its reading room into a teaching space that will allow for greater use of special collections in support of teaching and learning.


Dr Catherine Lawrence (President of the Alumni Friends of UQ), Mr Bob Gerrity (University Librarian), Mr Simon Farley (Manager, Fryer Library), Mr Peter Hadgraft (Alumni Bookhouse Volunteer) and Mrs Juliet O'Brien (Honorary Secretary, Alumni Friends of UQ) in the existing space. 

Manager of the Fryer Library, Mr Simon Farley expressed gratitude to Alumni Friends for their support.

 “I thank Alumni Friends deeply for the donation of $50,000 toward this project.

It will be a place where we can incorporate rare treasures into hands-on teaching and learning, whilst also utilising digital technologies in discovery and assessment outcomes.

We are currently working with Senior Lecturer in English Literature, Dr Jennifer Clement from the School of Communication and Arts on her course, The Text in Time, that will incorporate our rare books, many of which Alumni Friends have helped us acquire over the years.

This room will provide the perfect setting for object based learning.”  

The study space will be themed around architecture and will include large interactive digital screens that will allow students and researchers to access digitised collections, including plans, in their original size. Adjacent to the room will be an outdoor terrace, overlooking the Great Court, to facilitate networking events. 


Concept drawing by artist Jane Grealy of the proposed teaching space.

The University of Queensland Library is aiming to raise $210,000 to create the Fryer Library Collection Teaching Space which will allow our students, researchers and members of our community to experience the aura of original objects and the transformative possibilities of new technologies.

The cheque was presented at Fifty Years of Friendship, an event to celebrate Alumni Friends’ Golden Jubilee.

Help us create a teaching space within the Fryer Library. For more information, please contact the Library Advancement Manager Ms Erin Pearl on (07) 3365 3483, 0417 325 312 or

Last updated:
14 June 2017