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Melbourne Library

The Melbourne Library has recently undergone an exciting new facelift and has been refurbished and extended over three floors. The end result is a creative and modern space with flexible learning areas for students.

The refurbished Library offers more room for the students, with new and interesting study spaces including communal desks, bookable study rooms, silent rooms, wall 'nooks' and flexible seating with access to data and power points.

The fitout includes a number of sustainability features, such as:

  • Highly-efficient lighting
  • Tables made from sustainable timber
  • Light sensors
  • Furniture with no or very low levels of volatile organic compounds
  • CO2 sensors to match air flow to occupancy levels
  • Carpet supplied by InterfaceFlor, an Australian company that leads the world in sustainable production techniques.

Melbourne Librarians, Jenny Fitzgerald and Kathryn Duncan, have seen the students react very positively to the refurbishments. They love all the additional room and the ability to use the space creatively for their study. "We can really see how the students have made the space their own", says Kathryn.

Jenny and Kathryn also note that Library staff are really enjoying their new staff room, which has increased their casual interaction with other staff members and made a positive difference to how they work.

North Sydney will be the next ACU Library to get a makeover in 2013, with the design and planning stage already underway. More details about this project to follow in the next edition of our newsletter.

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