Library upgrades at St Lucia

We are upgrading two of our libraries at St Lucia. Both projects are part of our bigger picture plan to create more space and better facilities for you to study and collaborate.

Central Library 

From December 2018 to July 2019 we will redesign levels 1 and 2 of Central Library (formerly named Social Sciences and Humanities Library) to create a better learning environment for students.

Modern spaces, more seating 

We are creating accessible, comfortable, welcoming and engaging spaces - with more natural light and flexibility: 

  • Around 250 more seats for students, many with power
  • A new entry from the laneway between the building and the Sir Llew Edwards building
  • A café opening onto Duhig Place

24/7 access to collections

  • University staff and students will have 24/7 access to a new high-use and requested items area
  • Print collections located on Levels 3 and 4 will be available to University staff and students, 24/7
Duhig North Level 1 Plan - click to enlarge for a closer look at the layout and possible furniture after upgrades are complete.
The red stars indicate doors that are closed.
The blue sections are closed during construction.
Duhig North Level 2 Plan - click to enlarge for closer look at the layout and possible furniture after upgrades are complete.
The red stars indicate doors that are closed.
The blue sections are closed during construction.

Alternative study spots during construction work

Construction is scheduled to begin mid to late November. The Central Library is our busiest location and there will be some disruption while work is underway and the floors are closed – but there are still study spots available while the upgrades are underway.

To provide alternative spaces for students we have placed additional desks in various locations, including:

We have also opened the Fryer Library as a quiet study space.

Social Sciences - renovations progress

  • Feb 2019 - Garden removed outside level two of Central to make way for a new entry.
  • 14 Jan 2019 - Construction work, including concrete cutting to create new entries and another staircase between levels 1 and 2.
  • 5-21 Dec -  All furniture removed from closed spaces.
  • 4 Dec 2018 -  Level 1 reading room and level 2 closed.

Dorothy Hill Engineering and Sciences Library

From December to February we will convert level 3 to a 24/7 student study space. The project will lead to around 250 more spaces for students 

More student space

  • We will move the general collection from Level 3 into the Central Library (24/7 access), then convert this floor to student space. We will begin to move the collection on 19 November.
  • We will then upgrade facilities on level 3 so it can be opened 24/7 in 2019.

This is in addition to recently upgrading level 2 into a 24/7 space, and adding:

  • 70 seats
  • 3 group rooms
  • a student kitchenette
  • toilets

Expanded high-use collection with 24/7 access

An expanded high-use and requested items section will be created in the space currently occupied by the training room on level 2. We will relocate the computers to other areas within the library and continue to provide training in alternative library training rooms.

University staff and students will have 24/7 access to the new high-use and requested items area, including to collect items you have requested from the Warehouse and elsewhere.

AskUs service point

The AskUs service point on level 2 will be staffed for the first four weeks of semester. We will review the types of questions asked and may trial a reduction of staffed hours (between 11am-3pm) for the rest of the semester.

We will carry out broad consultation with University staff and students first.

Dorothy Hill Engineering and Sciences - renovations progress

Level 2:

  • 1-18 February - External return shelf removed. New space on level 2 created. Study lounges added to level 2.
  • 30 January 2019 - High-Use and Requested Items section opened. External return chute closed.
  • Dec 2018 - Jan 2019 - setup of High-Use and Requested Items section, including adding accessible shelving and installing Automated Return shelf. Room expected to open in February. 

Level 3: The floor is expected to re-open 24/7 during February.

  • Jan-Feb 2019 Renovations to make space ready for 24/7 access.
  • Dec 2018 - Jan 2019 Shelves moved out of level 3. Furniture and computers added. 
  • 19 Nov-4 Dec - General collection moved to Social Sciences and Humanities Library (70,000 items, the folio collection, 15 map cabinets and the big kit collection).
  • 19 Nov 2018 - Level 3 closed


How we will keep you up to date

We will update this post as necessary throughout the projects and you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news. 

Contact us

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Last updated:
6 August 2019