New library services in Semester 2, 2019

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

The University Library is now offering two new time-saving and convenient services for students. Live Chat and On-Shelf Requesting makes accessing information sources and support simple from any location, and saves valuable time.

Live Chat: Library staff are available via live chat 1pm-8pm Monday to Friday, and can help if you get stuck while researching or referencing for assignments. Just head to OneSearch to find the blue chat button.

Zola's The Dream translated by Paul Gibbard

Friends of the Library talk Tuesday 10th September 2019 with Paul Gibbard on: Translating a classic French novel - the problems posed by Emile Zola’s ‘The Dream’

Monday, 26 August 2019

In his celebrated Rougon-Macquart series of twenty novels, Émile Zola sought to present a ‘natural and social history of a family’ during the years of the Second Empire in France, 1852-1870. This was a family filled with ‘ravenous appetites’ who diffused in to all strata of French society, from the world of labour, in works like L’Assommoir and Germinal, to the upper echelons of French society in novels such as Money and The Kill.

Peter Veth

Friends of the Library talk Tuesday 13th August 2019 with Peter Veth on "The Atlantis of the North: unique records from ‘drowned landscapes’ off northern Australia"

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

One of the defining attributes of modern humans is their ability to cross, navigate and systematically exploit maritime landscapes and resources. Some of the earliest indirect evidence for the maritime capabilities of people comes from the settling of the Wallacean Islands and Sahul (Australia, PNG, Tasmania).

Direct evidence includes early dated occupation sites in northern Australia, fishing technologies and marine dietary assemblages from Timor Leste and Borneo, and midden and shell artefacts from North West Australia dated from 50,000 years ago.

Terri-ann White

Friends of the Library talk Tuesday 9th July 2019 with Terri-ann White on UWA Publishing

Monday, 17 June 2019

University press publishing is an unusual beast these days and very different to its twentieth century model. But universities have changed, too.

Book publishing on a broader scale is a complex business. At a time when library books, public and private, are relegated to landfill, and information once locked away is available to everyone in a matter of seconds, what is the future for books and reading?

Art of Persuasion book cover

Friends of the Library talk Tuesday 11th June 2019 with Susan Midalia on “Politics and the Novel”

Monday, 3 June 2019

Susan Midalia presents “Politics and the Novel”

The nineteenth-century French writer Stendhal famously observed that “politics in a literary work is like a gun shot in the middle of a concert: it’s something vulgar and coarse, which is also impossible to ignore.” Stendhal’s analogy highlights the challenge for a creative writer intent on exploring overtly political issues: how to avoid being ideologically dogmatic or morally self-righteous; how not to insult the intelligence of the reader, regardless of their political beliefs.

National survey data indicate increased student engagement and satisfaction with Library services

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Results from two national student surveys released last month indicate increased student satisfaction with Library services. This positively reflects the investment and improvements to UWA libraries over a number of years, and underpins the significant increase in visits to the physical libraries and expansion of digital resources during this time.

Edmund Gurney

Friends of the Library talk Tuesday 14th May 2019 with Sarah Collins on “Edmund Gurney and the Power of Sound”

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Dr Sarah Collins presents “Edmund Gurney and the Power of Sound”

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2019 Library Student Survey now open

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

UWA students have an opportunity to shape their spaces and services in the University Library by particpating in the biennial Library Student Survey, open from 1-15 April. They'll also have the chance to win an Apple Watch or one of three portable charging devices.

Dr Nigel Westbrook

Friends of the Library talk: Tuesday 9th April 2019 with Dr Nigel Westbrook on Lorck's 1559 'The Panorama of Constantinople'

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Dr Nigel Westbrook explores the 1559 Panorama of Constantinople by Melchior Lorck

Book of Hours Leaf MS45

Illuminated manuscript gifts from the Friends of the Library on display

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Three single illuminated leaves on vellum from a Book of Hours, Missal and Breviary are on display from March – April in the Special Collections foyer, 2nd floor, Reid Library.

Included in the display is a copy of The City of God, a book of Christian philosophy written in Latin by Augustine of Hippo published in 1486, and a facsimile copy of the Chronicles of Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem manuscript, that depicts the history of the crusades.

These objects have been donated by the Friends of the Library who have been supporting the Library for over 50 years.

Brian and Joan Pope

Friends of the Library talk Tuesday 12th March 2019: ‘Brom’ and ‘Tom’: Philatelists “Coincidences and Connections in our Collections”

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Brian and Joan Pope present ‘Brom’ and ‘Tom’: Philatelists “Coincidences and Connections in our Collections”

Tuesday 12th March 2019, 7:30pm

Reid Library Ground Floor, Hemsley Suite

Brian Pope was President of the Musicians Union and Principal Bassoon in the WA Symphony Orchestra when he developed a noise-induced hearing loss and had to retire in 1978.

At Murdoch University, 1979 -1990, his M. Phil thesis was titled Postal Services in Western Australia: 1826-1901: The Growth of an Organisation.

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What's new in the University Library

Monday, 11 February 2019

Enhanced library services and spaces will ensure that your library experience in 2019 is better than ever!

Here's what's new for Semester 1, 2019:

The Magic Pudding illustration from the book cover

Celebrating 100 years of The Magic Pudding

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Did you read The Magic Pudding as a child? This much loved Australian classic by Norman Lindsay was published over 100 years ago.

The Norman Lindsay’s classic follows the adventures of koala Bunyip Bluegum, sailor Bill Barnacle and penguin Sam Sawnoff, owners of the much desired Magic Puddin’, Albert, who try to outwit Possum and Wombat, the professional and persistent “puddin’ thieves”.  

On display in the Reid Library exhibition cabinets until March are several editions of the book including a first edition recently acquired by Special Collections.

Award winning books

Australian 2018 Literary Award winning books and Australian Book Design Awards (ABDA) exhibition in the Reid Library

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Visit the Reid Library for summer reading inspiration with our two exhibition cabinets showcasing Australian 2018 Literary Award winning books and the 2018 Australian Book Design Awards (ABDA).

2018 Australian Book Design Awards (ABDA)
Who said you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover? Not the Australian Book Design Association, and each year they identify the bravest and brightest, the most original and beautiful books published in Australia. Come and see the 2018 Australian Book Design Awards winners on display in the Reid Library display cabinet.

Library Services for Summer School 2019

Monday, 19 November 2018

The University Library will be supporting students in the UWA Summer School with extended opening hours at Reid Library.

Reid Library will be open 8am to midnight Monday to Friday, and 9am-5pm on weekends. Other campus libraries are open standard business hours, 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. 

Required readings for summer school units can be found online in Unit Readings (via the LMS) or in print in Reid Library's High Demand collection.

Jennie and Bevan Carter

Friends of the Library talk: Tuesday 13th November 2018: The story of King Eddies - and ‘considerable travail’

Monday, 5 November 2018

Jennie and Bevan Carter present ‘Considerable travail’ - 100 years of WA’s premier women’s hospital

Reid Balcony

New study spaces on Reid balcony

Friday, 26 October 2018

Reid balcony has been upgraded with new study spaces for students


New furniture, wifi and outdoor powerpoints have been installed on the Reid balcony, to create a modern, fully connected outdoor study space. Lighting on the balcony has been upgraded to ensure that this space can be used at all times.

Hon June Craig AM

Friends of the Library: Tuesday 9th October 2018: Lessons Learnt by The Hon June Craig AM

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

A member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly from 1974 to 1983, June Craig became only the second woman (after Dame Florence Cardell-Oliver) to achieve Cabinet rank in Western Australia.   

In 1987, asked about her time in government as only the fourth woman to be elected to the Legislative Assembly, she said: “… there was no reason why more women should not be there, that we really had the same sort of capacities and abilities and that perhaps in many ways we had more common sense. I really saw those things as a challenge.”*

Fitzroy Crossing airstrip - courtesy of Kimberley Media

Friends of the Library: Tuesday 11th September 2018: Dr David Hough (OAM) on Harold Rowell’s famous 1971 emergency landing at Fitzroy Crossing

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Lead Kindly Light: Harold Rowell’s Emergency Landing at Fitzroy Crossing, 31 July 1971.

Harold Rowell was an experienced pilot with MacRobertson Miller Airlines (MMA). He had served as a pilot in the Second World War and joined MMA as a commercial pilot in 1948. The introduction of jet aircraft to service the Pilbara and the North West in the 1970s meant that many of the gravel airstrips, suited to propeller-driven aircraft, were unacceptable for the new jets.

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Centenary of Armistice exhibition in the Reid Library

Monday, 6 August 2018

In November 2018, we commemorate the Centenary of the Armistice that ended the First World War. UWA was a new University that had only started teaching the year before hostilities erupted on  28 July 1914.

During August, the University Archives will be displaying in the Reid Library material from the collection that depicts the involvement and impact of both world wars on the University.