Revealed: Baillieu Library upgrade

August 11 / 67

Credit: Ben Kreunen
Credit: Ben Kreunen

The Baillieu Library’s entrance reopened last week to reveal an impressive new fit-out of its ground floor.

The University's flagship library, built in 1959, has undergone the first stage of redevelopment, made possible by $4 million of Australian Government Better Universities Renewal Funding (BURF) and a generous bequest from University alumna Ms Dulcie Iona Hollyock.


The redevelopment includes vastly improved student study spaces, lounge areas and IT facilities.

Director of Scholarly Information and project leader Ms Jenny Ellis said the improvements were designed to meet the changing needs of students and staff.

“Students now work in different ways and there is more demand for spaces that support group work. While we need to respond to these trends, we also need to accommodate researchers and students seeking quiet individual study. 

“We’ve struck a nice balance with the Baillieu by including collaborative spaces for group work, project rooms that can be booked by students as well as several quiet study zones,” Ms Ellis said.

The ground floor now houses the Reference Collection in a peaceful area along the front windows, where visitors can enjoy an abundance of natural light and wonderful views to Professors’ Walk. 

Library staff are on hand in a new, state-of-the-art service area, ready to answer any queries related to library research and Student IT support.

University Librarian Philip Kent said the refurbishments gave the Baillieu Library an inviting new look based on its classic, original features.

“When briefing the architects, we were extremely mindful of the importance of the Baillieu Library’s heritage features.

“I’m delighted that the finished product highlights the original 1950s features while also giving the space a fresh, modern feel,” he said.

Further information about this project and other library redevelopment projects are available at http://www.library.unimelb.edu.au/redevelopments.

 

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