UNIVERSITY of Southern Queensland (USQ) Fraser Coast’s new $800,000 library is proving popular with students and members of the public.
Librarian Brenda Strachan said that in its first two months of operation, more than 150 Hervey Bay public library members had registered to borrow from the USQ collection.
“If people are members of the public library and have a library card, they can register, free of charge, to borrow the USQ collection (conditions apply),” Ms Strachan said.
“We also have 20 reciprocal borrowers, that is, students who study at other universities. They can also use our collection free of charge.”
The library includes a range of group and individual learning and study spaces for student-centric activities, accessible to USQ students 24/7 through controlled access.
The total 476.7m2 floor space is divided into areas for the lockable collection, two group study booths, a collaborative training room, quiet study room, student services careers pod, Learning, Teaching and Quality (LTQ) desk, bookshop and common learning area.
The state-of-the-art library was officially opened at a ceremony attended by more than 50 people on Friday August 23, 2013.
USQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas and Butchulla Elder Auntie Marie Wilkinson cut the ribbon to the applause of USQ Fraser Coast Executive Manager Brett Langabeer, USQ Council members, project managers and staff as well as representatives from GHD Architecture, Win Constructions Queensland and the Fraser Coast Regional Council.
“This event was a great success enjoyed by USQ staff, key community leaders and invited guests,” Mr Langabeer said.
PHOTO: USQ Campus Services Project Managers Simon Pearl (left) and Lou Dos Santos, Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas, Chris Mooney from GHD Pty Ltd, Win Construction Queensland Site Foreman David Moore and USQ Fraser Coast Executive Manager Brett Langabeer.