Renovation Update

It may not look like it from this photo, but the new Student Discussion area, at the northern end of Level 3 in the Barr Smith Library, is nearly complete.

Despite appearances, I am informed by the project supervisor that the space will be returned to us early next week. Painting is almost finished, carpet will be laid starting tomorrow (Friday), and joinery works finished off.

So next week, we should be able to bring in furnishings, including restoring the student PC lab.

There will be some additional work after next week, including new blinds.

Meanwhile, work on the new Lending Services area is proceeding, and expected to continue through to the end of March.

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8 Responses

  1. Jaden says:

    Obviously the Interior Designer for the Library is in need of being fired! Bright Red desk, Olive Green wall, and horrible Black and White carpet!! UGGHH!!! While the original colour scheme wasn’t much better, I would have thought the Library more capable of producing something more soothing on the eyes than this!

  2. Ben says:

    Love the new changes in the library. thank god the lower levels are now required to be quiet study. this will make the library much more appealing as a study venue to me.

    and i don’t mind the colour scheme of the discussion area at all 😛

  3. Lina says:

    Where have all the computers gone – there seems to be a lot less than last year, and clearly not enough to meet student needs and it is only week one.

  4. Arthur says:

    I think I admire the look of the library at the moment given the apparent changes and the new study area on level 3.

    Like Ben, the lower levels now designated as quiet study areas I think is a wonderful development.

    I know the private reading rooms on the lower levels have silence notices and that they are not sound proof.

    However, some students’ ipod music can be an inconvinience to those who hear them.Can something be done about that?

  5. Margaret Colmer says:


    If you are being disturbed by an overly loud ipod please report it to library staff who will speak to the person.

  6. Arthur says:

    Will the new discussion area on level 3 north be the only or major discussion area designated for the whole library?