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University of Wollongong Australia

A History of UOW Library: Our Library since 1972

An archive of the historical milestones reached by UOW Library since 1972 in words and pictures

Learning and teaching


Unprecedented demand for study spaces

The success of the Library extension and refurbishment can be measured by the number of clients using the spaces created. To meet ever-increasing demand for a place to study, learn and engage in the student experience, the existing footprint of the Library was re-purposed, enabled by the:

  • Strategic acquisition of ejournal backfiles
  • De-duplication of print journals
  • Removal of 2.3 kilometres of shelving on Level 2
  • Construction of 8 new bookable group study rooms; using high quality, sound buffering glass
  • Addition of individual, powered study carrels on all levels
  • Integration of the Postgraduate study rooms to improve openness and transition between spaces


From solitary study to a choice of styles

While the provision of quiet space remains essential to any contemporary library, other areas are now available to support current and future learning styles. The extension provides:

  • An overall increase of 350 study seats
  • Dedicated quiet areas
  • Increased natural lighting and tranquil vistas
  • Formal group study rooms and informal group study areas on all floors
  • Tailor-made music and media spaces
  • Relaxed reading lounges with a range of comfortable seating
  • Desk sizes to suit the study purpose - individual carrels to larger workstations
  • Multipurpose labs seating 30 and 40 students for hands-on information literacy instruction or computer access


From print and microform to full-text online

  • Majority of journals available online from any location
  • Document delivery to researchers' desktops
  • Research Online database showcases research output to the world
  • Theses available on line
  • Reorganisation of physical collections provides cohesive research resources including print books, print journals, archival material, microforms, maps, and media such as CDs and DVDs
  • Dedicated spaces for postgraduates and academic staff


From silent storehouse to reaching out

  • Roving help reaching clients within the building
  • Academic outreach
  • Email a Librarian
  • Chat to a Librarian (online)
  • Library_info4u email list

New service features:

  • Functional attractive service desks supporting streamlined workflows
  • Visible and approachable assistance for clients on entry
  • Additional quick access and email computers
  • Improved self loan units
  • Enhanced access to assistance for students with disabilities
  • Panizzi Cafe

Listening to our community through client surveys and market research allows the Library to respond with measurable service standards, the Client Service Charter and a commitment to quality, service and excellence.


From fixed roles to multi-skilled and multi-talented

  • Motivated, approachable staff
  • Ongoing focus on training and development
  • Linking teams through collaboration and participation
  • Managing change

The extension provided the opportunity to co-locate staff on Level 2 and to realign teams for optimal effectiveness. Lending and Archives staff remain on the Ground Level. Staff areas have been renovated and refurbished providing an attractive and functional workplace.


From cards to computers, from fixed services to flexibility

The realm of electronic information underpins much of the Library's resources and services. We have added:

  • 100 additional client workstations
  • 240 study seats equipped with power outlets and access to the wireless network enabling students to use their own laptops or other electronic devices
  • Additional wireless network points for internet access
  • Access to more computer seats via the Level 1 Link to Student Central Computing Laboratories
  • Wireless cards and laptops available for loan
  • Print/copy facilities on each floor.