JK Murray Library transformed

The JK Murray Library at our Gatton campus has been transformed into a student-focused hub where students can access research, support services, study, collaborate, and share ideas with their peers. The project will improve the student experience at the campus and create a more vibrant learning environment that integrates on-campus learning, community engagement and student life.

Emeritus Professor Alan Rix opened the new space on Tuesday 24 April. In opening the building, he said it would benefit students at Gatton.

Today's student cohort is very attuned to the needs and demands of their disciplines, is very focussed on learning, and appreciates the practical focus of the campus in providing the animals and the agricultural environment they need for their study.

This building is about providing the best learning conditions and optimal staff facilities for the campus.

The upgraded facility provides an extra 1000 square metres of space and has provided an additional 290 study spaces. The area of the Library that is available for study is open to the students to use 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Group study spaces in the JK Murray Library


Refurbished study spaces in the JK Murray Library 
JK Murray Library auditorium
New auditorium in the JK Murray Library 

The project was a collaboration between the Library, Gatton Campus Directorate and the Faculty of Science, particularly the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences and the School of Veterinary Sciences,  designed by dwp|design worldwide partnership and built by Tomkins Builders.

The official ribbon cutting – from left Executive Dean Professor Melissa Brown, Acting University Librarian Ms Annette McNicol, Emeritus Professor Alan Rix, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Joanne Wright, Research Scholar Ms Khamla Mott and Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj AC

The JK Murray Library is named in honour of Sir Jack Keith Murray, who was a colonial administrator in Papua New Guinea, a soldier who served in France in the First World War, and principal of the Queensland Agricultural High School and College at Gatton from 1923. Under his direction, the campus became the centre of rural education in Queensland.

We're working on a digital story that will tell more of the story of JK Murray and Gatton, so keep an eye on our stories from the collection if you're interested. 

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Last updated:
6 August 2019