Round-the-clock computer access gets thumbs up from students
University of Newcastle Central Coast campus students have shown how vital their new expanded library is to their studies, with a record number using the revamped facility last year.
More than 550,000 students have used the Central Coast campus library since the $3.2 million library redevelopment was launched in February 2012, an increase of more than 88 per cent on visitations in 2011.
“The expansion of the facilities at the Central Coast library was in response to student feedback for need for learning and meeting spaces, and for 24-hour computer access,” said Central Coast campus library manager, Fatu Kigbo.
“Students are using the facilities like the 24-hour computer labs after hours and on the weekends, and there is a real buzz around campus with the students connecting, relaxing, studying and hanging out in their new space.”
The redeveloped facility includes:
- five new group study rooms with access to computers and screens;
- eighty-eight additional computers, printers and scanning facilities, and wireless and power; connections for laptops and other devices;
- a new self service desk offering 24 hour support from library staff, and the student 'Rover' service that provides peer-assisted library and basic IT support;
- lounge, parent's room and outdoor meeting spaces.
The library project was the final stage of a two-year $20 million expansion of the Central Coast campus, which included the opening of the state-of-the-art Exercise, Sports Science and Psychology building and the Education and Nursing Building in November 2011.