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Collection Revitalisation

The collection revitalisation project is the first step in an ambitious plan to transform the library experience.

Students studying in the library The aim of the collection revitalisation project is to create a highly focused onsite collection. Low or lower use items are being shifted offsite to enable the library to broaden its services and the range of study spaces available to students (and there will be a priority on creating additional quiet study areas, which are in very high demand during semester and exam periods).

Alongside the creation of a more focused onsite collection, is a more dynamic approach to the collection. As the research interests of the University change, so too will the content of our onsite collection. For example, should a selection of books that have been moved offsite become relevant to a new or existing course, they will be returned to the Barr Smith Library for the duration of that course.

Low use materials that are still relevant to the University's teaching and research interests are being moved offsite but can easily be requested online via Library Search - more information on requesting is available below.

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Project FAQs

  • What is the project timeline?

    The project started in November 2016 and is expected to finish in December 2017. During this time the project team will be working their way through the various areas of the collection. Changes are already visible in the library, with stages 1 to 4 complete as of the end of January, and new furniture and study spaces being created in the newly available space.

    Stage Dates Location (within the Barr Smith Library unless indicated)
    1 November 2016 - December 2016 Parliamentary papers (level 1) 
    2 November 2016 - December 2016 Main collection, call numbers: 900-953 (level 2)
    3 December 2016 Main collection, call numbers: 954-999 (Reading Room)
    4 January 2017 - February 2017 Dictionaries, indexes and encyclopaedias.
    5 February 2017 - March 2017 Main collection, call numbers: 001-499 (level 1)
    6 March 2017 - April 2017 Main collection, call numbers: 500-599 (level 1)
    7 April 2017 - May 2017 Relocation of Collinswood Store materials to the Joint Store
    8 May 2017 - June 2017 Main collection, call numbers: 600-822 (level 2)
    9 August 2017 - September 2017 Main collection, call numbers: 823 - 899 (level 2)
  • Is the library throwing books and journals away?

    Books and journals that are low use but are still relevant to the University's teaching and research interests are being moved offsite. Books and journals that have been moved offsite can easily and quickly be requested for use by using Library Search.

    Some books and journals are being discarded, but please be reassurred that the majority of these are:

    • Journals to which we have equivalent online access
    • Journals that do not match the current teaching and research interests of the University
    • Duplicates of superseded texts.

    The project team uses a set of guidelines to determine whether a book or journal is to remain onsite, be transferred to offsite storage or be removed altogether.

    The guidelines incorporate a number of factors, including usage and relevance to the current teaching and research interests of the University.

    The guidelines also respect the differences between the subject areas. For example, arts students tend to browse the collection more than chemistry students, and while Austen is timeless, a technology text may only have a useful lifespan of 3 to 5 years.

    Discarded items are generally placed on the free books shelves in Hub Central for interested students and staff to take. Items that are not placed on the free book shelves are being recycled.

  • How do I find out whether a book or journal is held offsite?

    Use Library Search to confirm a book's location and availability. Please speak with an Ask Library team member if you need assistance.

  • How do I request a book or journal that is now held offsite?

    To access books or journals held offsite, simply request the item in Library Search. It is quick, easy and your book gets delivered to the holds shelf in the High Use Collection on level 3 of the Barr Smith Library.

    Requests made before 12 noon are generally available after 3 pm on the same day (Monday to Friday), and you will get a text message alerting you once the book or journal is available. For more information on requesting or delivery times please speak to any member of the Ask Library team.

  • I am a University student, staff member / member of the public. What do these changes mean for me?

    The main change is that some of the books that were available on the shelf at the Barr Smith Library are now being held offsite.

    If you are coming in to borrow or read a book that you have previously used, please check Library Search to make sure that the book is still located at the Barr Smith Library (but it is likely that you would do this anyway, in order to check that the book wasn't already on loan).

    The locations of books and journals within the Barr Smith Library is also changing as the collections are consolidated and excess shelving is removed. Please speak to an Ask Library team member if you can't find the book you need.

    If you are looking for a place to study you will already notice a number of new study spaces being created, particularly on level 2 north.

  • I am recommending a book for a course. Can it be brought back to the Barr Smith Library? 

    Yes. If offsite books become required reading for a course, and are not available as part of our eBook collections, we will move them back into the Barr Smith Library. Please speak with your Research Librarian in the first instance.

  • What is the impact on our journal collection?

    There will be very little impact on users of our journal collection, as the vast majority of journals are available online and accessed via the library website. The main outcome of the project is that we will no longer hold the print copies of journals to which we have online access

  • But I love the library as it is! Why are you changing it?

    We love the library too, but by undertaking this project we believe that we are kick-starting its transformation into an even better library.

    Students, researchers and academics all access and use information very differently today, and have different needs and expectations around access to information. This has changed the way that students and staff interact with the library and the information it provides.

    While the library is a treasured space, it needs to evolve so that it continues to meet the changing needs of our students and staff.

    The books will remain (in fact, there will be shelves upon shelves of them - as the project is only removing those that are low-use or no longer relevant to the University's teaching and research interests) but there will also be better study spaces and more of them. And this is just the start, with enhanced services and facilities becoming available as more recommendations from the Library of the Future report are implemented.

  • Who do I speak to for more information?

    Please speak with a member of the Ask Library team if you would like more information on the project or to provide feedback. You are welcome to give us a call on 8313 5759, email or submit your feedback online.


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