Auchmuty Library Refurbishment Project

Project overview

The Auchmuty Library and Information Commons, built in the 1960s, sits at the heart of the Callaghan Campus. It provides a range of study spaces, services, and information resources to support students and researchers.

Refurbishment of this space is now required to bring it up to a standard that meets the aspirations of the University Strategic Plan as part of  're-imagining the campus.'

It is also a part of our response to the closure of the Hunter Building and the consequent loss of the Huxley Library on the Callaghan Campus. This has provided an exciting opportunity to re-design and modernise our learning spaces transforming them into a space for collaboration and digital innovation.

Background and context

Our world has changed - and what our students, researchers, and academics require from our Library has changed. This is nowhere more apparent than in our libraries and learning spaces. The existing Library estate at Callaghan was planned and designed for a world in which print resources remained dominant.

Over the last decade that landscape has altered beyond recognition with the Library now providing access to a vast and increasing array of electronic resources (e-books, e-journals, streaming videos, etc.) which can be used anywhere, anytime by staff and students alike.

At the same time, the importance of "Library as Place’" and the need to think about space as a service is growing. Library use continues to grow, and the importance of our study spaces is clear from student feedback. Students need a greater range of study spaces than they ever have  - from those areas which facilitate engagement, collaboration, and connection with others, to those which support silent, independent study and contemplation. New types of spaces are also needed, ones that facilitate content creation with audio and recording studios and ‘Zoom’ pods.

All of these requirements are underpinned by the need to feel safe, comfortable, and a sense of belonging.

Phase 1 – Due for completion in 2021

  • Relocation of the print collections and the Huxley general collection onto Level 4 to create more space
  • Re-design and refurbished study spaces clearly aligned with different modes of study;
    • Level 3 for collaborative, group, and informal study
    • Level 4 for silent, independent study
  • New bookable group study rooms on Level 3, some with Zoom technology.
  • New content creation rooms to support video and audio production.
  • New Wollotuka Space providing a dedicated collection, study space, and learning support services.
  • New 50+ laptops loan service available 24/7.
  • Extended cafĂ© on Level 2 with additional seating.
  • New Bar in the Library consultation space on Level 3 for Tech Support.
  • Increased power across all study spaces with task lighting in our silent spaces.

Work will take place during the year, carried out in stages to ensure minimal disruption to students and staff. You can find the latest developments on the refurbishments updates page, our social media, as well as through on-site signage.

You can also contact us at any time through Ask The Library.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.