Today (6 September) we celebrate the re-opening of the UWA Medical and Dental Library which has undergone an extensive refurbishment over the past 10 months.
The 15-year old building has been transformed into a technology-rich library with high quality learning and study spaces. This is a new home befitting this year’s 60th anniversary celebrations of the establishment of the UWA Medical School.
The library will be a modern, vibrant and dynamic learning space for students, graduates and the community and tailored to meet the changing working styles of today.
Each of the three floors has a distinct purpose. The ground floor will be a collaborative working hub with a 120-seat e-learning suite suitable for large-to-small group teaching and a bookable 60-seat seminar room. The spaces are technology enabled and will be available as study spaces when not in use for classes or events. There are also small study booths, a student lounge and kitchen facilities.
The library also features an Alumni Lounge which offers exclusive work and meeting space for graduates, donors and community partners, honouring their important role in world-class teaching, research and practice.
The first floor is more suited for individual learning. There is a 20-seat technology-enabled training facility, a range of group study booths and a number of single desks, each with power and IT access, including ample space for laptops, notebooks and books. The book collection remains, although much reduced in size, and librarians will be on hand to assist and provide access to high demand and high use collections.
The offices of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences will relocate to the second floor.
Final touches are still being made to the library which should be completed by early next month.