USQ Fraser Coast's new $800,000 library and bookshop is now ready to serve university students after it opened for business on June 24.
Campus Executive Manager Brett Langabeer said the project will bring an independent library operation and improved service to students that will enhance their learning experience.
“Resources and study areas in the new library will appeal not only to USQ students but also to high school students throughout the region who are seeking a wider range of resources and technology,” Mr Langabeer said.
"There has been a tremendous amount of work by various people to manage and deliver this project. I thank everyone for their efforts and support.
"USQ worked closely with the Fraser Coast Regional Council and local company Win Constructions Queensland to ensure the best possible outcome for students and the community.
“The creative design is the result of consultations with USQ students and staff and leading higher education architect company, GHD Architecture."
Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O’Connell said the new USQ library was a major step forward towards developing an education precinct on the Fraser Coast.
"This will answer enquiring minds, challenge thinkers and grow our community,” Mr O'Connell said.
Health, Education and Training Councillor Robert Garland said the project demonstrated USQ’s strong commitment to establishing the best possible university courses and facilities as it continued to build its presence on the Fraser Coast.
“USQ has been here 15 years and we look forward to the next 15 years and beyond, growing relationships and positive outcomes for USQ, students and business and community partners,” he said.
USQ Fraser Coast Campus Librarian Brenda Strachan said the new library was designed to be high-tech and flexible, focusing on students and their different learning styles and needs.
“The library includes a range of group and individual learning and study spaces for student-centric activities, accessible 24/7 through controlled access, and a new-look bookshop offering a range of texts and merchandise."
The 476.7m2 floor space is divided into areas for the lockable collection, two group study booths, a collaborative training room, quiet study room, student services careers pod, Learning, Teaching and Quality (LTQ) desk, bookshop, tea and coffee facilities, and a common learning area with vibrant, comfortable décor.
Members of the public are encouraged to access the collection during normal library hours.
The official library opening will be held late August.
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