ERC Library Reopens
The ERC Library has reopened after extensive redevelopment.
This is the second building to be completed as part of the Student Precinct project, following the 1888 Building refurbishment that was completed in 2020.
Designed by Lyons Architecture and constructed by Kane Constructions, the refurbished ERC Library will feature the print book collection, a variety of informal study seat spaces, bookable project rooms and computers for students. A dedicated study and relaxation area for our Graduate Researchers and graduate coursework students as well as a geospatial centre are also key additions, with surrounding food and retail offerings to be launched in early 2022.
The library is now an accessible and inclusive space for all staff and students with lift access to every floor and two assistive technology learning rooms. All-gender and accessible toilets are available throughout the building as well as two bookable chill-out pods to provide a reflection and respite space for students.
Connecting the library to Country, the Indigenous creek narrative featured throughout the Precinct is represented in the library’s ground floor design via ‘creek-let’ inspired seating. Through their unique shape and colour, these seats represent the tracing of an ‘original’ watercourse that traversed the site.
Carpet designs throughout the upper levels of the ERC Library reflect local Indigenous culture, native flora and fauna and international themes, while a series of artworks displayed throughout the building draw inspiration from the University’s Archives and Special Collections, celebrating the seldom-seen treasures held in these collections.
Click here to learn more about the design and development process.