USQ Fraser Coast Student Representative Council president Thomas Sugget tries out one of the new library chairs as he surveys the site changes.
USQ Fraser Coast Student Representative Council president Thomas Sugget tries out one of the new library chairs as he surveys the site changes. Jocelyn Watts

Vibrantly coloured furniture is arriving for USQ’s library

THOMAS Sugget's eyes lit up when he walked on to USQ Fraser Coast's $800,000 library renovation site on Tuesday. 

The Student Representative Council president said the library had "changed phenomenally" since USQ Fraser Coast Campus executive manager Brett Langabeer first took him on a worksite tour four weeks ago.

"Win Constructions Queensland is starting to get the structure together now," Mr Sugget said.

"A lot of progress has been made since the last time Brett took me through the worksite.

"I'm starting to get very excited to see the shape the library is taking and look forward to coming back in June when it's finished."

As well as being impressed with the sleek, stylish walls and partitions, Mr Sugget was excited to see the vibrant decor that's starting to arrive.

Vibrantly coloured ottomans have arrived for USQ Fraser Coast's new library.
Vibrantly coloured ottomans have arrived for USQ Fraser Coast's new library. Jocelyn Watts

"It's bright," he exclaimed.

"No one likes drab colour schemes.

"The colour scheme that's been selected for the new library is a vibrant one with chairs and ottomans in oranges, purples, yellows and blues that will definitely appeal to students."

Mr Langabeer said the $800,000 project was primarily about improving learning experiences for students and would be attractive to enhancing their university journey at the Fraser Coast campus. 

"We recognise our students need flexibility to cater for their busy lives and it is important students have access to a variety of learning spaces at times that suits them," he said.

"At this stage, the renovation work is scheduled finish on June 19 when USQ Fraser Coast will formally take delivery of the old Hervey Bay Art Gallery space.

"Meetings with the library, LTS, careers, and bookshop staff to discuss transition arrangements will start soon.

"Library staff will start shifting from their current location in the city library to their new space from June 20.

"It is expected the library and bookshop will be ready for use in the next semester."

Mr Langabeer said it was hoped the new library would inspire school leavers to have a look, be a part of it and see that USQ had some really good resources in this region for them to undertake higher education studies on the Fraser Coast.

Library overview

  • The new library is designed to be high-tech and flexible, focusing on students and their different learning styles and needs
  • Key features include flexible spaces for student-centric activities and 24-hour, seven-day-a-week access
  • It will have a range of group and individual learning and study spaces coupled with a new-look USQ bookshop offering a range of texts and merchandise
  • The 476.7sq m floor space will be divided into areas for 84 lockable collection bays, two 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 decor
  • A huge wall-mounted interactive screen (akin to a huge iPad) will assist students with their studies and laptops are available for loan
  • The common learning area and collection facility will be open for public use during normal library hours


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