Library events and news


23 September

Tuesday September 23rd from 10am to 1pm (outside the Library Main Entrance).

We are raising funds for the Smith Family – Learning for Life Program, and the stall will also include a gourmet hamper, filled with organic home made goods created by UOW Library staff including chilli jam and green tomato pickles by Director of Library Services, Margie Jantti. Raffle tickets will be provided to anyone who either gives a donation or makes a cake stall purchase of $5- or more. The stall will be held near the Library Main Entrance – we hope to see you there!

25 August - 3 October

On 4 August 1914 Britain declared war on Germany after invading Belgium as part of a pre-emptive strike on France. Britain’s decision meant that Australia was also at war. Initial disbelief was quickly replaced by enthusiastic support, though the war ultimately brought with it a terrible cost.

UOW Reflects on The Great War has been developed by UOW Library in collaboration with Associate Professor John McQuilton and Dr Jen Roberts from the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts. Exhibits are drawn from University Archives, the Illawarra Museum and local collections.

This exhibition seeks to share the experience of the First World War through a local perspective and highlight its broader impact on Australian society.

OPEN: 9am to 5pm Weekdays and 11am to 4pm weekends in the Library Panizzi Room. University of Wollongong, Building 16, Northfields Ave, Wollongong.

Special presentations

Wednesday, 1pm, 24 September, Panizzi Room.
Gallipoli On The Home Front
Dr Michael Molkentin, Shellharbour Anglican College and UNSW, Canberra.

Wednesday, 1pm, 30 September, Panizzi Room.
ANZAC: The Birth? Or Death Of A Nation?
Dr Georgine Clarsen, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, UOW.

Full presentation schedule [PDF]

Community and school groups are welcome to visit this exhibition and attend the special presentations.

Visit our UOW Reflects On The Great War Online Exhibition

19 June - 14 August

Wrap with Love

The 2014 Wrap with Love appeal has commenced with a view to create knitted squares to stitch as colourful wraps to support the needy in Australia and around the world.

Staff, students and the community are welcome to join us from 12:30-1:30pm on Thursday June 19, 2014 in the Panizzi Room and weekly thereafter through to August 14.

WHAT TO BRING: 4mm needles (if you have them), 8ply wool, or any type of knitting paraphernalia, plus a cuppa.

WHY? Because every square counts!

All are welcome. More information about Wrap with Love.

11 April - 8 May 2014

Collected, Connected, and Cut: Artists' Books Exhibition

10am - 4pm Monday to Friday & 12.30pm - 3.30pm Saturday and Sunday

Panizzi Room, Library

Free book construction demonstration each Wednesday during the exhibition, 12.15 - 1.45pm.

More information




9 June 2014

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The University of Wollongong Library has recently made available online historical film footage from the Royal Visit to Wollongong by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in February 1954.

More than 120,000 people lined the streets and enthusiastically greeted the young Queen and Prince during one of the greatest welcomes the City has imparted to a visitor.

The film was acquired from a local collector in January this year and has been digitised and made available to the public by the University of Wollongong Library.

The clip can be viewed on the UOW Library website, which also includes a ‘then and now’ view of the route taken through Wollongong by the Queen’s Royal procession, as well as historical images and newspaper reports.

1 May 2014

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UOW Library has partnered with the Wollongong City Council Libraries to make 98 years of the Illawarra Mercury available on line, with Council Library staff and University staff working together to digitise more than 60,000 pages of the Illawarra Mercury dated from 1856 to 1954.

Scanned copies of the paper held by the State Library of New South Wales are now freely available to search and download through the National Library of Australia’s TROVE database.

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Last reviewed: 18 September, 2014