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Lumen Winter 2005 Issue
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The Barr Smith Library - supporting lifelong learning

In 1932, at the official opening of the Barr Smith Library, guests heard mathematician, Professor John Wilton announce that the proposed stack extension storage equipment that housed 500,000 volumes would be "ample for 100 years to come".

It took only 37 years to reach that capacity. Today, the Barr Smith Library houses 2.1 million items that require 63 kilometres of shelving. Over 20,000 people use the Library each week, with electronic access to approximately 45,000 journals provided online and over 500,000 items lent annually. It is a key resource for the students, staff and alumni of the University--and also the wider community--who rely on its services. It is a facility that is used not only locally and nationally, but one that is also accessed globally.

Maintaining and keeping such a large collection up to date and relevant is a costly exercise, however, and the annual Barr Smith Library Appeal targets specific areas of need in the Library. Past Appeals have raised funds to increase electronic access via e-books and to use scanning technology to convert valuable resources into digital format. This year, the Library is looking to fund the extensive and costly repairs caused by the March flood. Over 100,000 items have been affected, with 10,000 books damaged and around 3,000 volumes so damaged they require professional treatment.

Your continued support for the Barr Smith Library and its work is vital and very much appreciated. We ask that you make a tax-deductible gift to the Library now to allow us to continue to provide a premier facility that supports lifelong learning for current and future generations.

For further information about how you can make your tax-deductible donation, please email Robyn Brown, Development & Alumni at or telephone +61 8 8303 4994.

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