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.

Image of Warren Library

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.

UNITED STATES Navy Personnel outside Engineering Building

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.

Friends of the Library: Tuesday 14th August 2018: Cyril Ayris on 'A Life of Adventure'

Friday, 27 July 2018

Cyril Ayris was a journalist on The West Australian for 36 years, 25 of them as crime reporter.

He has covered assignments in Libya's Sahara Desert, Afghanistan, New Guinea, Central Borneo, Nepal and Japan to name but a few.  He searched for and found a lost tribe of Penans in Borneo; walked the Kokoda Trail; traced the "poppy trail" through the "Golden Triangle"; got into Kabul only days before tribal warfare broke out and was on assignment in Hiroshima during that city's 50th anniversary of the atomic bomb attack.

Unit Readings: bringing students better reading lists

Monday, 23 July 2018

UWA Library has launched Unit Readings, a brand new service replacing Course Materials Online (CMO) for Semester 2 onwards.

Photograph taken at Fremantle on board  M V Centaur – August 1966 Leach Family

Friends of the Library: Tuesday 10th July 2018: Brian Leach's Escape from Singapore

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

In December 1941, the Japanese Army invaded the Malay Peninsula and successfully advanced towards Singapore Island.

Brian, his mother and baby sister escaped from Singapore in February 1942. Their journey took them from Malaysia and Singapore to Sri Lanka, South Africa and England, before their safe arrival in Perth.

Winthrop Hall interior watercolour - Cyril  Farey

International architectural colourist vision of the interior of Winthrop Hall 1930

Monday, 2 July 2018

In May 2017 Mr David Alsop, the great-nephew of Mr Rodney Alsop who with Conrad Sayce won the architectural Hackett Competition to design the Hackett Memorial buildings, donated to the University Archives a watercolour that had been in the Alsop family for over 80 years and remained in the Rodney Alsop collection until he inherited it in 1972.

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.