Library events and news


25 August - 3 October


Wednesday, 1pm, 3 September, Panizzi Room.
UOW Study Tours to Gallipoli and the Western Front - Taking Students to the Front
Assoc Prof John McQuilton
History, it is claimed, is found only in books. To accept such a claim ignores the fact that history not only informs and shapes present society but can also be experienced in a different way by visiting places where the events that are now described as history took place. Taking students to the battlefronts where Australians fought during the Great War brings history home to them, often in surprising ways. This presentation examines student responses to walking the battlefields.

Wednesday, 1pm, 10 September, Panizzi Room.
Aboriginals in the First AIF, a secret history.
Gary Oakley, Indigenous Liaison Officer, Australian War Memorial.
Even though not citizens and banned from serving in the Australian Defence Force over 1000 Aboriginals are known to have served in the First AIF. Their story is a secret history which is now only coming to light. What motivated these men to fight for a country that denied them their right?

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: 28 August, 2014