90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs
John Mainwaring and Associates
1997 - Sir Zelman Cowen Award - Royal Australian Institute of Architects
The USC Library was completed in January 1997 as part of the second stage of campus development. The architect, John Mainwaring and Associates, created a library space designed to reject the tradition of libraries as internalised buildings, and opened the space to relate to the surrounding plains and sunny skies through the use of the very distinctive rotating roof skillions. The great ‘Queensland’ verandah on the northern side of the library in conjunction with tinted windows protect the library from the intense summer sun and reduce air conditioning usage.
The Library entrance is located on Level 1, from the verandah, and has a large open plan student research space, with informal computer labs, a specialist collections area, a herbarium, and staff office space. Level 2 contains the library and curriculum collection and private study rooms. Down on the ground level there is open plan private study space, staff office space, a computer lab, seminar room and HDR student open plan office space.
Bookings open on Wednesday 10 October at 9am. To secure your booking visit this building page, click on the "BOOK NOW" button and follow the prompts through the Eventbrite website. To ensure a fair allocation there will be a limited ticket allocation per person. Bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Pre-booked tours will book out quickly. There will be no waitlists, so if you miss out, please check back in case others cancel.