Caulfield Library Refurbisment FAQs

Q. Why is the library being refurbished?

A. Caulfield Library has inadequate facilities to meet the needs of a growing campus. The refurbishment will include extending the space occupied by the library to provide almost double its current seating capacity. It will create a modern, energising and innovative environment that keeps pace with the diverse and changing needs of a new generation of scholars. The refurbishment reflects the University's Masterplan and will benefit students and staff on the Caulfield campus.

Q. How long will the refurbishment take?

A. The refurbishment is scheduled to commence July 2015, and be completed by the start of Semester 1, 2017 - approximately 1 ½ years.

Q. Will the library be closed during the refurbishment?

A. The library will remain open throughout if possible, although it is likely that it may be closed over the 2015-16 Christmas period to allow for intense building work to be done. Limited study space is provided throughout the campus and the possibility of providing additional seating elsewhere on campus is being investigated.

Q. How does the refurbishment impact library users?

A. Every effort will be made to schedule the most disruptive work out of hours and keep noise and dust to a minimum. The work will be done progressively on a level-by level basis, to minimise disruption, but it is unavoidable that there will be temporary inconveniences while work is ongoing. Please follow signs and directions provided, and check the Library blog for updates.

Q. Where can I find a quiet spot to study during the refurbishment?

Highly disruptive work will be done during semester breaks as far as possible with the work done on a level by level basis. Although, it is unavoidable that there will be temporary inconveniences while work is ongoing. The possibility of providing additional seating elsewhere on campus is being investigated. Further advice will be provided during the refurbishment.

Q. Will it be safe during construction?

A. Occupational health and safety is a critical element of the refurbishment project and every effort will be made to ensure safety for library users and staff. Sections deemed unsafe during construction will be closed. Signage will be provided to facilitate navigation and regular updates as building develops will be provided on electronic notice boards and the library's web site.

Q. What will the refurbished library look like?

A. The library will be a modern, innovative, exciting and bigger facility with enhanced learning and teaching spaces that will not only improve the library facilities but add greatly to the experience of the campus. There will be approximately 1,500 seats in the refurbished library from the current 762 seats.

Q. How will the refurbishment impact on the collection?

A. Collection maintenance and weeding is being done prior to refurbishment with low use items being moved to the offsite store. The collection will be relocated within the building in several phases throughout the refurbishment, with as few moves as possible.