Macquarie University has always had one central Library servicing the whole campus. The first Library (building C7A now known as 18 Wally's Walk) opened in 1967 and delivered best-practice traditional Library services to the university for over 40 years. The existing Library at 16 Macquarie Walk opened in 2011, providing a sustainable 21st century learning and research environment that facilitates interactions between people and knowledge.
1967 - 2011: the original Library
One of the early buildings on campus, the original Library building was built from concrete in late brutalist style. It was extended a number of times in its first 20 years most notably with large extensions on the northern and western sides, including a co-generation plant.
From the outset the Library took an innovative, sometimes radical approach to service. Macquarie was one of the first universities to actively embed the librarians and information literacy within the teaching program. The Library emphasised the professional training of librarians and encouraged co-operation between libraries through the establishment of national networks to share knowledge and resources.
By the early 2000s, with learning styles becoming more collaborative and technology transforming education, it was clear that the University needed a new Library building to meet these changing needs.
2011 - present: the current Library
In late 2006, the University Council allocated funds to build a new Library. A competitive design process was won by architects Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt) and construction began in January 2009. The striking design was inspired by the native parklands of the campus with an emphasis on environmental sustainability, light and connection.
This new Library was the first in Australia to include an Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS), built by HK Systems. The ASRS consists of an environmentally controlled vault with metal bins storing the items, and retrieval undertaken by robotic cranes. Much of the Library’s print collection is stored in this Automated Retrieval Collection (ARC).
Moving lesser-used items to the dense storage of the ARC meant the current Library could be built with approximately the same square meterage as the old Library, but with more than double the number of seats available, a move that makes sense considering the shift to online resources.
The current Library was fully operational and open to students on 25 July 2011.
Past University Librarians
David Barry Scott, OBE - Foundation Librarian 1965 - 1970
Mollie Thomson - Acting University Librarian 1970, Deputy University Librarian 1971 - 1980
Eoin Wilkinson - University Librarian 1971 - 1987
Barrie Mitcheson - University Librarian 1988 - 1996
Neil McLean - University Librarian 1996 - 2001
Penny Carnaby - University Librarian 2002 - 2003
Maxine Brodie - University Librarian 2003 - 2012
JoAnne Sparks - University Librarian 2013 - 2018
Susan Vickery & Fiona Burton - Interim University Librarians 2018 - 2019
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