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Upward trend in Library usage

The University Library’s space usage has increased since 2022, with the data indicating a return to pre-pandemic levels of access! Within the first half of 2023, physical visits to the Library were at 299,458, which is a 76,000 increase compared to the previous year.

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Welcome back!

Looking down one aisle of the Reading Room towards a lit up window

We are very excited to announce that the Barr Smith Reading Room has now reopened for silent study. Please note, there are some changes to access and collections on Level 2 North.

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Access changes to Level 1 North

View down an aisle of books of a student studying at a desk

Next week we will be starting the refurbishment of Level 1 North at the Barr Smith Library. This exciting revamp includes a new paint job, new carpet, and the installation of additional power points and study spaces.

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Student volunteers helping preserve the University’s history

Two students scanning old documents

This week we say THANK YOU to our student volunteers! This year’s theme for National student volunteer week is ‘Passion. Opportunity. Change.’ This explores how students can create change worldwide by giving their time to a cause they believe in. Read the story of Elizabeth and Stefany Limanto, two sisters that arrived in Australia in February to study at the University and decided to become volunteers at the Library.

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Jane Austen: the French connection

Jane Austen

Bookings essential! Join us on Saturday 17 October for a special benefit concert for the Barr Smith Library with the Jane Austen Society of South Australia. This will be a unique performance of pieces from Jane Austen’s rich collection of manuscript music books.

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Did you miss Open Day?

An overview of the BSL

If you missed out on visiting our booth during Virtual Open Day, a video created especially for our students is now available online. Get an overview of the University Library and all its facilities and services.

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Mid-semester break - opening hours

Mid-semester break is already upon us and there are changes to the opening hours for some of the University libraries. View current and upcoming opening hours information.

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Writing Studio at the Barr Smith Library

writing studio text on window

Introducing the Writing Studio! This new space is a result of close collaboration with the Faculty of Arts, and will be home to creative writing classes and workshops, beginning in Semester 1.

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Barr Smith Library stairs closed

Please be aware that the stairs leading down from the Barr Smith Library to the Barr Smith Lawns are currently unavailable until Wednesday 9th January due to building works. More information about the redevelopment of Union House can be found here.

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Come and browse: Recreational Reading Collection

Collection on level 1

Did you know that reading for just 6 minutes can reduce your stress levels by over 60%?

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