Taiwanese interest in USQ library, visitor numbers grow

THE University of Southern Queensland Fraser Coast's new state-of-the-art library enjoyed a stunning increase in visitor and inquiry numbers last month and has attracted international interest.

USQ Vice Chancellor and President Professor Jan Thomas said March was a busy month for the library with almost 8000 visits and more than 900 inquiries recorded.

"Statistics show the library has attracted a large number of patrons since it opened last June," she said.

"In particular, March showed 7931 visitors.

"There were also 912 inquiries in March, which is nearly double the amount of questions received for any month of March in the past seven years."

Prof Thomas said although the number of loans had fallen overall, USQ students and staff were borrowing more.

"If loans by associate borrowers are disregarded, there were 2116 loans by our academic patrons in March 2014 compared to 1421 loans in the same month last year.

"This really is an impressive statistic as library trends across the world reflect more use of electronic resources and less of hard copy.

"It is clear that students really value our new USQ Fraser Coast facility, our collection and great library staff."

USQ Fraser Coast executive manager Brett Langabeer said the campus library had also attracted international interest with Professor Koli Chen from Taiwan's Tunghai University and Department of Architecture planning to visit in November.

"Professor Chen plans to study our library's new visions in architectural design and interior layouts as part of his Australian research on university libraries in cities including Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra, and Melbourne."

The USQ Fraser Coast library includes a range of group and individual learning and study spaces for student-centric activities, accessible to USQ students 24 hours a day, seven days a week through controlled access.

Members of the public are encouraged to access the collection during normal library hours.

The library will continue to operate throughout the school holidays.



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