Library Building Facts
Facts and figures
The Library provides a sustainable 21st Century learning and research environment that facilitates interactions between people and knowledge. Completed in 2011 the Library building design was inspired by the native parklands of the campus with an emphasis on environmental sustainability, light and connection. Located at the main entry to the University, the Library building enriches campus life by providing a central collaborative learning and research space.
- Building footprint is 6,770sqm
- Gross floor area is 17,997sqm across 5 levels
- Seating capacity of 3,000 seats
- Exterior materials are glass and metal
- Learning lounges open extended hours (levels 3-5)
- Quiet study areas and dedicated postgraduate research areas
- Training, meeting and consultation rooms
- Highly adaptable and high tech personal and collaborative learning spaces
- Support for technology enabled learning, including adaptive technology
- Café located at entrance
- Focus on sustainability, includes sustainable features and was constructed with recycled or reusable fixtures and fittings
- Exhibition space at the entrance, including the Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie Room
- Australia's first automated book storage and retrieval system (ASRS) which stores 80% of the collection.
Macquarie University is the first University in Australia to install an ASRS in its Library. The ASRS consists of an environmentally controlled vault with metal bins storing the items.Robotic cranes retrieve an item on request and deliver the item to the service desk for collection.The retrieval process takes just a few minutes. This innovative technology was adapted from the automotive industry's application for warehousing and retrieving small components. It allows higher density storage resulting in a significantly smaller footprint and a more affordable project cost.