Wandering Peacock Book Swap Library

Free book swap libraries for the UWA community

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Take a book, leave a book!

The University Library has introduced a free book swap service for the UWA community, to facilitate leisure reading, wellbeing and community around campus. Known as the 'Wandering Peacock Book Swap Library' (it's as free as a bird!), these free little libraries are located in collaborative library spaces in Reid Library (Ground Floor), and Barry J Marshall Library (Ground Floor).

Ikin Collection - Strange Constellations

Strange Constellations: The Ikin Collection on display in the Reid Library

Friday, 25 May 2018

The Ikin Collection is now on display in the Reid Library Exhibition Cabinets.

Professor Van Ikin is a Senior Honorary Research Fellow at UWA in the field of English and Cultural Studies and has made significant contributions to the field of Australian fantasy and science fiction. UWA Special Collections holds a collection of novels donated by Professor Ikin, as well as manuscript documentation from the production of the book Strange Constellations: A History of Australian Science Fiction and related correspondence.

Berliner Mauer 1961-1989

Friends of the Library: Tuesday 12th June 2018: Jim Natt on Hungary after the Fall of the Wall: From Communism to Capitalism

Monday, 21 May 2018

In 1989 the wall between East and West Berlin came down and the Soviet Union collapsed. Hungary as part of the Soviet bloc had virtually been occupied by Russia for the previous 40 years.  

Peter Kennedy

Friends of the Library: Tuesday 8th May 2018: Peter Kennedy on The Challenge for Governments

Friday, 20 April 2018

Governing has become a hazardous challenge in recent times. The British BREXIT vote cost a prime minister his job. The Americans confounded most of the commentators and elected Donald Trump president. The New Zealanders dumped what was generally considered to be a competent government. In Australia Malcolm Turnbull led the coalition to a narrow victory and in WA, the coalition government was soundly trounced. What is going on?

New 3D Print Lab at Reid Library

Thursday, 29 March 2018

The University Library's new 3D Print Lab offers staff and students a place to learn, design and experiment with the exciting possibilities of object printing in an open and supportive environment. 

Dogfight!! Nieuport Scout & Fokker DR.I replicas

Friends of the Library: Tuesday 10th April 2018: Hermann Goering and the Bunbury Solicitor

Monday, 26 March 2018

Hermann Goering and the Bunbury Solicitor: A Ding Dong Dogfight

Adolph Hitler and Hermann Goering were one of the most evil combinations of the 20th century but they very nearly didn’t make it as a pair.  Goering, who created the dreaded Gestapo in Nazi Germany at the time of World War ll and was a key figure in the “final solution” of exterminating the Jewish people, survived a ding dong dog fight with a West Australian airman in World War l.

Swallows and Amazons series by Ransome

Swallows and Amazons: Ransome Collection on display in the Reid Library

Friday, 23 March 2018

Author of the beloved children’s series, Swallows and Amazons, Arthur Ransome was a colourful figure in the literary world and beyond. Swallows and Amazons continues to hold a place in the heart of many children and adults around the world.

Bill Warnock, a Perth author, playwright and UWA affiliate, was a long-time admirer of Ransome and collector of his works. In the early 2000’s, prior to his passing, Warnock generously donated The Ransome collection to the Special Collections UWA Library.


Barry Marshall and Mary

How to win a Nobel Prize

Thursday, 22 March 2018

A chance encounter between a Nobel Laureate and a precocious nine-year-old girl has led to a new work of creative nonfiction designed to inspire young scientists to win their own Nobel Prize.

Image credit: Peter Marko (courtesy UWA Publishing)

Friends of the Library: Tuesday 13th March 2018: Josephine Wilson discusses her award-winning book Extinctions

Thursday, 1 February 2018

The Friends of the UWA Library are delighted to begin the 2018 series of talks with award-winning author, Josephine Wilson.  Josephine will talk about her critically acclaimed book Extinctions.  

Australian Literary Awards Display

Australian Literary Awards Display in the Reid Library

Friday, 15 December 2017

Check out our selection of Australian literary award winning books for some summer reading inspiration, on display in the exhibition cabinets on ground floor of the Reid Library.

First Cabinet ‘Winners of Selected Australian Literary Awards 2017’
Here you will find page turners with pulsating action, love, death, success and dark desire… but also stories of reflections, a book about Frank Kafka and Prague’ literary world, and a young Frank Gold, protagonist in a novel about the Polio in Perth in 1954.  

Official opening and renaming of J. Robin Warren Library

Friday, 1 December 2017

The UWA Medical and Dental Library redevelopment was officially reopened by WA Health Minister, the Hon. Roger Cook MLA on Wednesday 29 November.


UWA Medical and Dental Library honours Nobel Laureate

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The University of Western Australia’s Medical and Dental Library has been renamed the J. Robin Warren Library following a $7 million transformation and refurbishment.


Researchers, register your ORCID iD in the Research Repository

Friday, 3 November 2017

Open Researcher and Contributor iD (ORCID) is a free, unique identifier for researchers that provides the following benefits:

Stone engraving excerpt

Friends of the Library: Tuesday 14th November 2017: David Kennedy on the 'Works of the Old Men' in Arabia

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The "Works of the Old Men" in Arabia: Discovering a prehistoric landscape from the air … and from space

For over a century aerial archaeology has been in the vanguard of archaeological discovery and recording. Thanks to a unique twenty year programme of aerial reconnaissance in Jordan combined with the growing availability of high-resolution satellite imagery we can now thickly ‘populate’ with often novel archaeological sites one of the most inhospitable landscapes in the world – interior ‘Arabia’ from Syria to Yemen and in particular the volcanic lavafields.

Open Access Week

Claim your free coffee during Open Access Week October 23 - 29

Friday, 20 October 2017

To celebrate International Open Access Week, the Library is offering a free coffee to UWA researchers who make their publications openly available.  

Finest Atlas of the Heavens - facsimile of Andreas Cellarius Harmonia Macrocosmi

The Earth and its place in the cosmos during the Age of Discovery - exhibition in the Reid Library

Monday, 16 October 2017

During the Age of Discovery which begins with Magellan's demonstration that the Earth is round, demands for new maps soared and cartographers experimented with how to depict a spherical Earth on paper. This gave rise to the Golden Age of Dutch cartography when multi-volume atlases of the Earth and the cosmos became very popular.

Come and see how some of these cartographers represented the then known world and the type of instruments astronomers built to observe the skies in those times.

Chinese grave stones in Perth

Friends of the Library: Tuesday 10th October 2017: Kaylene Poon on A history of the Chinese in Western Australia

Friday, 22 September 2017

Gold was the lure for many Chinese coming to Australia. To many Australians the early Chinese came, found their fortune and returned home with full pockets. However this was not the case for the majority of early Chinese. When gold was found in the Swan River Colony, regulations limited Asians from gaining mining permits. There is so much more to the Chinese story prior to and after the discovery of gold.

This talk gives a brief background into the life of the early Chinese in WA and then takes a journey through Karrakatta Cemetery to reveal some untold stories.

2017 ABDA display

2017 award winning brave and beautiful Australian books on display in the Reid Library

Friday, 22 September 2017

Calling all book and design lovers!

Excellence in Australian book design is celebrated each year by the ABDA (Australian Book Design Association) awards. Take a peek at the 2017 winners – you can see the full collection displayed on the ground floor of Reid Library until the 6th October.

Also check out the ABDA website for discussions with the award nominees and greater insight into designing a book. https://abda.com.au/

Eddie Marcus

Friends of the Library: Tuesday 12th September 2017: Eddie Marcus on No taxation without representation: Discontent in early Perth

Monday, 28 August 2017

No one likes being taxed, but the first settlers of the Swan River Colony felt that taxation was doubly unfair. Not only had they moved to the other side of the globe to avoid such a heavy burden in the motherland, they weren’t yet making any money in their new ventures.

Abbey Church New Norcia

Friends of the Library: Tuesday 8th August 2017: Roy Stall on New Norcia – a little bit of Spain in Western Australia

Monday, 17 July 2017

In 1846 two Spanish monks, Dom Rosendo Salvado and Dom Joseph Serra, members of the Order of Saint Benedict, arrived in Western Australia with the intention of becoming missionaries. They were allocated an area now known as the Victoria Plains by Bishop Brady in Perth.