Creating student space at St Lucia libraries

From 16 July, we will begin work on a plan to create more spaces and better facilities for you to study and collaborate in our St Lucia libraries.

Your experience as a student is a top priority for us. We know you find it hard to find a study space in peak hours. We've heard your feedback about our spaces - you want more study spots and convenient access to power for mobile devices. The challenge has been how to provide this space. Over the next two years, we will: 

  • Transform levels one and two of the Central Library (Duhig North, building #12) into modern student space with more seats, power and natural light
  • Move library staff from level one of the Central Library to level four of Dorothy Hill Engineering and Sciences Library (Hawken building, #50) to allow this
  • Do our best to help you find study space in our libraries as this happens

Progress so far

We have:

  • extended our opening hours - a number of our buildings are now accessible 24/7 with your UQ ID card
  • expanded access to our collections - there is now 24/7 access to collections at the Central Library, Walter Harrison Law Library at St Lucia; the UQ Gatton Library collection will be available 24/7 from 23 July
  • looked at our libraries across St Lucia to identify options to create more spaces and better facilities for students
  • upgraded level two of the Dorothy Hill Engineering and Sciences Library, adding 70 seats, three group rooms, a student kitchenette and toilets
A portrait and quote by Professor Dorothy Hill are featured in the level two study space.

"Do not wait for the world to offer you what you might think to be your due. It is up to you with your training and knowledge to play an active part in it."  Emeritus ​Professor Dorothy Hill.

Next steps

We have closed level four of Dorothy Hill Engineering and Sciences Library in order to begin construction work on the floor. We have moved 56 powered, individual study desks to the Biological Sciences Library, and moved desks to alternative spaces where possible. 

Google map with walking path from Dorothy Hill LIbrary to Biological Sciences Library.Alternative study spaces

There are study spots within five minutes’ walk of the Hawken Building, including:

These locations are open 24/7 with your UQ ID card and have study spots, library computers, printing facilities and bookable group study rooms.

Powered study desks, level 4, Biological Sciences Library.
We have moved 56 individual powered study desks to level four of Biological Sciences Library from level four, Dorothy Hill Engineering and Sciences Library so you can continue to use facilities you told us you liked.

Engineering and Sciences collection

The Engineering and Sciences collection is located on level three of the Dorothy Hill Engineering and Sciences Library. Some lesser-used items have moved to active storage at the Library Warehouse at our Gatton campus. The Warehouse is a purpose-built, environmentally-controlled facility that can store and protect hundreds of thousands of books, journals, documents, and archives. You can request items from the Warehouse in  Library Search. 


The project will create more space for you to work and study and improve the overall learning environment for our students. 


Last updated:
23 May 2019