Dorothy Hill Engineering and Sciences Library

This library has student study spaces and engineering and sciences learning resources in the High-Use collection. The general Engineering and Sciences Collection has moved and is located in Central Library. Level 3 is currently closed while we repurpose it as 24/7 study space. It should reopen by Semester 1, 2019.

This Library is named after Emeritus Professor Dorothy Hill (1907-1997).



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The Dorothy Hill Engineering and Sciences Library
University of Queensland
St Lucia QLD 4072

Dorothy Hill Engineering and Sciences Library.


  • 401 total seats
  • 114 computers

Rooms you can book

Book a room:

  • 2 group meeting rooms

The book return shelves are located inside the High Use area of the library adjacent to the main entrance.

Floor plans and accessible facilities

Level two

  • Main entry
  • AskUs service point
  • Collections:
    • High-Use
    • Requested items
  • Self-service machine (loans)
  • Automatic return shelf
  • Print, scan and copy
  • Recharge station
  • Group study areas
  • Computers
  • Meeting rooms L204A, L215
  • Consultation room L204B
  • Height-adjustable desks
  • Kitchenette (including microwave and fridge)
  • Toilets

Level 2 Floor plan, Dorothy Hill Engineering and Sciences Library

Level three

November 2018 - March 2019

This floor is closed while the general Engineering and Sciences Collection is moved to Central Library and we convert the floor to 24/7 study space.​​

  • Group meeting rooms L303D - L303F,  L304 - L307
  • Study spaces - individual (quiet study)
  • Computers
  • Print, scan and copy
  • Drinking fountain
  • Toilets

Level 3 floor plan, Dorothy Hill Engineering and Sciences Library

About Dorothy Hill

This Library is named in honour of Dorothy Hill (1907-1997), a pioneer for women and one of The University of Queensland’s most distinguished scientists. Learn more about her life and legacy.

Collections notice

The re-establishment of the Dorothy Hill Engineering and Sciences Library Collections

In December 2010-January 2011, the Library consolidated some of its print collections and relocated or removed lesser-used material from branches.

This action was in part a response to changing user needs and behaviours as well as the need to maximise use of space and budget. The Library's intentions were announced in the University Librarian's column in the library magazine Phoenix (October 2010) and Faculties and Schools were advised of the plans.

Policy and guidelines were developed to assist staff with the processes of relocation and removal of material, and the processing of journals. Generally the process worked as it should have, but regrettably, some errors were made which resulted in the discard of some material relating to earth sciences that should have been retained. This includes spans of print journal titles for which the Library does not own online back files.

It is with sincere regret that the Library acknowledges that it made errors when considering both books and journals in the Dorothy Hill Engineering and Physical Sciences Library. Many of these items had been collected by the late Professor Dorothy Hill. Professor Hill's outstanding national and international research reputation in palaeontology, her long association with the University and her contribution to the Library's development further adds to the loss of this material. Academic staff were not involved with decisions relating to disposal of items from the collection.

The Library is making every effort to redress these errors by working with the Faculty of Science and academic staff in the School of Earth Sciences to identify and re-acquire important titles. Significant monetary resources have been allocated to the recovery of important titles, and geologist, Dr Peter Jell, has been retained to provide expert advice to a team of Faculty and Library staff on this project.

In the meantime if you are unable to locate an item which you need, please submit a request for purchase or request document delivery.

In consultation with earth and biological sciences academics, the Faculty of Science Library Advisory Committee was established as a matter of urgency, with representatives of the Schools within the Faculty of Science and the Library, to provide consultation on ongoing collection development issues. There will be no further withdrawals from the Dorothy Hill collection without consultation and agreement from relevant academic staff.

If you know of resources that may be available for acquisition by the Library to fill existing gaps please contact Dr Peter Jell. Arrangements may be made for purchase or donation. The Library will consider donations under the Cultural Gifts Program, which entitles the donor to a tax deduction corresponding to the value of the donation.

July 2012