Library News and Events

24/7 building access trial commencing 5 June, 2017

Access 24/7 logoYou asked for it – NOW we’re trialling it! 24/7 building access will be available to main campus students in both the UOW Library South Wing AND IMTS Student Computer Labs (Building 17) from 5 June to Thursday 22 June, 2017.

In September 2016, the Library completed its latest Client Satisfaction Survey. Persistent themes from over 3,500 responses included: computer availability, more study spaces, availability of information resources and longer opening hours. In response, we will be trialling a study hall type service from 10pm to 8am during the week, and 10pm to 10am over the weekend throughout the pilot, in an effort to access real demand for expanded service hours.

Although library staff will not be available on site at this time, security staff will be present and students will able to access online learning and research guides, and find answers to queries that can be resolved through an established knowledge base repository.

Students will be able to utilise computers, BYO device stations and printing services, as well as access basic Kitchen Go facilities, including hot and cold water, and a microwave. There will be no access during the expanded service time to facilities located in building 16, including library physical collections.

Visit to let us know what you think, or share on social media. #UOW24x7

Wrap with Love 2017 to launch in New Library MakerSpace

Six female volunteers sitting on the floor with colourful blankets made from knitted squares

UOW Library are excited to launch our 2017 Wrap with Love campaign in the brand new SAF funded MakerSpace, located on the ground floor of the main campus Library.

We are extending an invitation to the broader university community to join us between 12 noon and 2pm on Thursday 18 May for an official launch, and each Thursday following for a regular knit-in through to Thursday 10 August where participants can enjoy the company of others and receive assistance. We can also provide assistance for other groups across campus and our regional sites who may also wish to contribute.

Wrap with Love Inc. is a non-political, not-for-profit organisation that distributes knitted woollen wraps (blankets) around the world to people in need. In 2015 the organisation distributed a total of 31,996 Wraps through a variety of Aid Agencies. This brought the total of Wraps - donated since its inception in 1992 - to a staggering 414,065 Wraps, which have been sent to over 60 countries.

The Library Wellbeing Committee will arrange to have individual squares stitched up and ready for collection by volunteers towards the end of August after hosting a celebration display in the Library Main Foyer from Thursday 17 August – Saturday 19 August.

Downloadable knitting pattern [pdf, 218k]


The UOW Learning Co-op is seeking engaged students to work in collaboration with staff in the role of Project Officer on the development of a new digital learning website.

Students will participate in the design and development of the website as advocates for their peers, and will lead user-testing and evaluation of the site at various stages of development.

The role is an opportunity for students to contribute to the learning development and the learning experience of their peers, and to shape a significant emerging service at the University.

Student partners will be casually employed for three hours a week for a total of 30 weeks and will be paid for their time.

Key Responsibilities

  • Advocating for the wider student body in all facets of the project
  • Providing feedback and approval, when required, in a timely manner
  • Leading evaluation and user testing of website by students
  • Attendance at monthly Key Stakeholder meetings

To apply, submit a copy of your resume with an expression of interest addressing the question below (max. 500 words):

  • What is important to you in a digital learning space?

Then email your application to by 11.59pm Sunday 21 May

Introducing our new online chat service... Library Live Chat v2

Ask Library staff questions in real time using Live Chat.

We can help you access resources and information, regardless of your location.  Just click on the red Live Chat tab at the top right hand side of UOW Library web pages.

Available 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Mining the Landscape _Library News

NEW exhibition about the local coal industry set to open 6 February 2017

One of the earliest Illawarra industries, coal mining, greatly impacted the establishment and settlement of communities along the Illawarra coastline, shaping the urban development of the area.

Appreciated early on for its picturesque qualities, the Illawarra landscape was also geologically resource-rich, with coal discovered at Coalcliff in 1797 by Dr George Bass. By 1849 the first mine had opened at Mount Keira and the shipping of coal through the Wollongong harbour commenced. The region quickly transformed from the “Garden of New South Wales” into an industrial centre, spurred on by the need for coal to power steam engines and prospered due to the richness of its coal seams.

More than 150 years later, the Illawarra continues to supply coal to domestic and overseas markets, although the pit top entrances, coke oven batteries, tramways and jetties which once dotted the landscape have now all but disappeared, washed away by raging seas or demolished and covered by dense escarpment forests.

This exhibition explores our local mining history with a display of images and objects predominantly from the UOW Archives and Illawarra Historical Society.

Mining the Landscape: Coal in the Illawarra
February 6 – May 14
UOW Library Panizzi Room

2016 Client Satisfaction Survey findings...Library Survey Promo Image

Overall, we continued to outperform 75% of other university libraries. Moreover, seven of the Library's best performance areas were also your top ten most important areas. While it’s important to understand our strengths, it’s equally important we don’t miss improvement opportunities.

Two strong themes emerged. You aren’t happy with computer availability, and you want more space to study, particularly for group work.

What will we do?

Firstly, we must dive deep into the feedback, and there is much to read. We received 3,618 responses, a fantastic outcome. In addition, 2,080 people provided written responses to the open-ended question “Please give us your suggestions for improvement or any other comments about the Library”. In total, you wrote 61, 714 words of comments. That’s more than half a novel!

The issues raised were expected, though their volume surprised us. We understand the frustration many students face trying to secure a peaceful place to study, whether alone or in a group. Our challenge is to devise strategies to alleviate that frustration. Achievable strategies.

It will take a few months to formulate a plan, though already, we’re carefully considering how to minimize the MakerSpace area’s impact, scheduled for roll out next year.

Click here if you are a detail person and want more information.

MakerSpace/MediaSpace is coming

The main library will soon install a MakerSpace and MediaSpace on the ground floor. Both spaces will open in early 2017 and will offer clients the opportunity to experiment with the latest prototyping tools and technology, and to collaborate on creative projects. Click Here for more information

During the early part of Summer Session, when construction is taking place, Levels 1, 2 and the South Wing may be more suitable for study.

The Smith Family Giving Tree Appeal 2016

UOW Library supports the Smith Family Toy and Book Appeal with our annual Christmas Giving Tree. Donations of unwrapped NEW toys and books can be placed in front of our tree in the Library Foyer. Your gesture of goodwill will bring a smile to the face of a child in need this Christmas.

All donations will be collected at 4pm on Tuesday 20 December.

Migration to the Illawarra exhibition opens next week at UOW Library.

Mr Harman

A new exhibition celebrating migration to the Illawarra will be opened by CEO of Multicultural NSW, Mr. Hakan Harman, at 6pm on Wednesday 12 October in the Panizzi Room, University of Wollongong Library.

“The Migration to the Illawarra exhibition is a collaboration between the Migration Heritage Project and the University of Wollongong Library,” said UOW Director of Library Services, Margie Jantti.

“The exhibition includes posters, photographs, publications and original memorabilia from the University Archives and private collections, chronicling migrant forebears, from whom many of us are descended.”

Migration heritage is the legacy of people’s experiences of leaving one country and culture, travelling to and adjusting to a new place, and becoming familiar with it and its people, then adapting traditional culture.

 "Wollongong was transformed after the Second World War by the influx of migrants. So much of what they brought with them - courage, resilience, a strong work ethic and hope for a better future - are inherent in the values of our city as it is today. We have real reason to celebrate this heritage,” said Franca Facci, Migration Heritage Project chairperson.

The exhibition is open from 12 October 2016 to 22 January 2017:

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Last reviewed: 30 May, 2017

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