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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.

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.


Friends of the Library: Tuesday 11th July 2017: Greg Dodds on The Life and Times of Joseph Stalin

Friday, 30 June 2017

About the talk

Dictators seem to be all the rage recently and those of the post war world can be divided into the "approved” ones (Franco, Marcos, Salazaar) and the others (Amin, Saddam Hussein, Gadhaffi) who can be safely reviled and even killed.  In the popular mind, Hitler remains as the high priest of dictatorship, the embodiment of evil and ä man worth overthrowing at the cost of 50 million lives to save democracy, whatever that might be.

UWA IQ Awards

UWA has the edge on innovation

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Western Australia’s innovation, entrepreneurship and research expertise was celebrated last night at The University of Western Australia’s inaugural IQ Awards, held at Crawley's historic Masonic Hall. The event saw three very different projects awarded for their impact and ingenuity.


UWA ranked among world's best universities

Thursday, 8 June 2017

The University of Western Australia has risen to become one of the world’s top 100 universities in the 2018 QS World University Rankings.

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Friends of the Library: Tuesday 13th June 2017: John Kinder on Italians in WA before mass migration

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

“Missionaries, Adventurers, Labourers and Intellectuals”: Italians in WA before mass migration

Friends of the Library: Tuesday 9th May 2017: Christopher Wortham on Shakespeare's Books

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

This talk will attempt rudimentary answers to large questions. How fully was printing and publishing developed in Shakespeare's lifetime? How well was Shakespeare educated and how wide was his reading? In what ways was his work informed and possibly inspired by some of his reading? Does it matter? The topic is suggested by some of my own reading in the process of researching for my current book, to be submitted for publication later this year: Shakespeare’s Maps: Place and Places in the Plays.

Vice Chancellor Professor Dawn Freshwater Installation

Professor Dawn Freshwater installed as UWA Vice-Chancellor

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Professor Dawn Freshwater has been formally installed as the 18th Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia.

Rottnest Island c1915

Friends of the Library: Tuesday 11th April 2017 - Alexandra Ludewig on Rottnest Island during WW1

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

The internment camp on Rottnest Island, established for enemy aliens from Germany and Austria-Hungary during World War One, can be considered a historical oddity, not least as there were also indigenous prisoners held captive by Australian soldiers and warders. The coexistence of men from the most diverse backgrounds and social circumstances, some of whom did not even share a common language, yet still cohabited peacefully, serves on reflection as an inspiration.

Friends of the Library: Tuesday 14th March - Julian Donaldson on Preserving Aboriginal Culture Through Language

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

In this presentation Julian discusses the positive impact reclaiming language has for first people. He cites the growing understanding that Indigenous language is inseparable from culture - that language is integral in affirming and maintaining wellbeing, self-esteem and identity. The National Trust of Western Australia is contributing to the reclamation of Aboriginal languages in the Goldfields region through the establishment of the Goldfields Aboriginal Languages Centre in Kalgoorlie.

A next generation Library search tool for UWA staff and students

Monday, 27 February 2017

UWA staff and students are among the first in the world to experience the next generation of Library resource discovery thanks to a partnership between UWA Library and library technology provider, Ex Libris.

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O-Week free information sessions at the University Library - for students, by students

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Want to find out how the University Library can help you succeed at UWA? 

The University Library is offering daily free information sessions all though the 2017 Semester 1 Orientation Week.

Hemsley Learning Suite

Vote early in the WA State General Election at Reid Library, 20-24 February 2017

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

The next State General Election is to be held on Saturday March 11. If you cannot visit your local polling place on the day to cast your vote, you can cast a pre-poll vote at the University.

Reid Library Hemsley Learning Suite (Reid Library Ground Floor) will be an early voting (in person) location for the 2017 State General Election. Polling booths will be available to UWA staff, students and community to vote, from Monday 20 February to Friday 24 February, 10am - 4pm.

New look for OneSearch: the University Library's discovery system

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

In response to your feedback, the University Library is making some changes to OneSearch which will make it easier to find and access both online and print resources for your research and assignments. UWA staff and students have access to one of the largest academic library collections in Western Australia, with over 1 million ebooks which can be read 24/7 online and discovered through OneSearch. OneSearch receives over 3 million searches per year and is used on desktop and mobile devices. 

Andrew Forrest

UWA high achievers recognised in Australia Day honours

Friday, 27 January 2017

Twelve graduates and one staff member from The University of Western Australia have been recognised in this year’s Australia Day Honours List.