University Libraries

Early in 2015 the University of Adelaide, University Libraries were kindly given access to a developer’s edition of the Samsung GearVR with the purpose of determining what the library would do with such a technology. To meet this call a small team was formed. The first phase of this project was completed in June of this year ( demonstrating the low barrier to entry of recording 360 film. From there a second phase was begun…

That second phase of the University Libraries VR project has now completed. Phase 2 saw the creation of an entirely virtual experience within VR made with the freely accessible Unreal Engine 4 ( The demo demonstrates the use of Boolean searching to remove beach balls from a beach scene. Users are able to turn throughout the scene, interact with a control panel and listen to the soothing sounds of the waves lapping against their small island.

Along with this demonstration a project document has been created discussing the resources which were used to create the demo, our positive and negative experiences with the equipment and limitations encountered. The projects page can be viewed at

With the conclusion of Phase 2, the University Libraries VR Project has ended. A summary report has been created for review providing an overview of each stage of the project from inception to conclusion, discussing lessons learnt challenges encountered and possible opportunities for future projects.

We would like to thank the Technology Services, Learning Innovation Studio, and Marketing and Communications teams for all their assistance. As well as the wonderful academics who chose to discuss the topics with us during the project.

You can read more about the project on our project website.

If you have an interest in Virtual reality or would like to discuss the project in general please contact Ben Weatherall at

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Please be aware that the University will be performing some major planned maintenance to IT services from Sat 28 to Sun 29 Nov 2015. All University of Adelaide Libraries electronic resources will be affected, and will experience intermittent service interruptions this coming weekend, from 7:00am Saturday 28 November to 5:00pm Sunday 29 November. For further information see the Technology Services website

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A final year exhibition of work from students in the Masters of Architecture program will be launched on the 4th December and run for about a week in Hub Central.

It is of special interest this year as a group of 9 students, under the direction of Prof Julian Worrall, have designed 9 different versions of what they imagine the ‘Library of the Future’ to be. Their work is fascinating and well worth a browse.

Please drop in to see the Library of the Future displays.

The SABE Final Year Exhibition 2015 will also showcase work from final year Landscape Architecture and Urban Design Masters students



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opening hours

Summer has arrived and our opening hours have changed.
From the 20th November until 23 December the Barr Smith Library will be open as follows:
Monday – Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8am – 6pm
Wednesday 8am – 8pm
Saturday – Sunday CLOSED
The Law Library will be open:
Monday –  Friday 8.30am – 5pm
Saturday – Sunday CLOSED
Elder, Waite and Roseworthy libraries will be […]

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The Barr Smith Library invites applications for the 2016 Bill Cowan Barr Smith Library Fellowship. The Fellowship has been established by the Cowan Grant to provide financial assistance towards study for postgraduate degrees by research, using the collections of the Barr Smith Library.
Applications open 1st October 2015 and close on the 10th December 2015.
Further information […]

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University Libraries are currently undertaking a project to provide electronic access to all postgraduate research theses.
Since 2007, graduating postgraduate research students have been asked to submit an electronic copy of their thesis for inclusion in the University’s digital research repository, Adelaide Research and Scholarship for open access (unless embargoed). This promotes the University’s collective research […]

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Maximising your Research Profile, 10 – 11am Monday 30 November, Ira Raymond Room, Barr Smith Library
This workshop examines the nature of bibliometrics and citation measurements, and why they are they important in a research environment. It covers some common bibliometric tools and measures that are used in researcher profiling.
This session is aimed at Honours students, […]

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The Friends of the University of Adelaide Library invite you to an author event with Fiona McIntosh on Thursday 12 November, 2015, at 6.00 for 6.30pm in the Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, The Barr Smith Library, The University of Adelaide.
Fiona McIntosh is an internationally bestselling author of novels for adults and children. She has written […]

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The Library is undertaking a major survey of staff, students and other users.
This survey is designed to give you an opportunity to state your opinions on how well you think the Library performs in relation to what you think is important. Your opinions are valuable and will help us understand how we can work together […]

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Need  research help for your final assignments?
Come and chat to the Research Librarians at Table 2 in the Hub ‘Drop In Zone’ (Hub level 3)
Tuesday 11am – 3pm
Wednesday 11am – 3pm
Thursday 11am – 1pm

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