Barr Smith Library Level 1 Refurbishment

The southern end of the Barr Smith Library was refurbished and redesigned to provide an enhanced library experience for staff and students.

The works represent the first significant refurbishment of the Barr Smith Library extension since it was built in the 1970s and are underpinned by the Library of the Future report recommendations, which provides a vision for the future library and its services.

Project overview

  • Location: Level 1 Barr Smith Library, North Terrace Campus
  • Size: 1,800 m2
  • Cost: $3.2 million
  • Completed: July 2018
  • Architect: Hassell Studio


  • Creation of 250 new study spaces with improved access to power and data
  • Relocation of the Elder Music Library
  • Exhibition space for the Library specialist collections
  • New shelving and furniture designed to open up the space
  • Improved access to teaching spaces in Barr Smith South
  • Asbestos removal and remediation work on ceilings and floors