Students Michelle Fisher, Colin Matthias and Irana Gray try out one of the group study areas at the new USQ Fraser Coast library.
Students Michelle Fisher, Colin Matthias and Irana Gray try out one of the group study areas at the new USQ Fraser Coast library.

USQ Fraser Coast's new $800,000 library opens

UPDATE: USQ Fraser Coast's new library and bookshop will bring an independent library operation and improved service to students to enhance their learning experience.

Campus executive manager Brett Langabeer said resources and study areas in the new library would appeal not only to USQ students but also to high school students throughout the region who were seeking a wider range of resources and technology.

"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," Mr Langabeer said.

"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," he 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 476.7sq m 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 desk, bookshop, tea and coffee facilities, and a common learning area with vibrant, comfortable decor.

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

The official library opening will be held late August. 

EARLIER: The doors to USQ Fraser Coast's new $800,000 state-of-the-art library have opened for the first time on Monday.

USQ Fraser Coast executive manager Brett Langabeer and Fraser Coast councillor Trevor McDonald, attending on behalf of Mayor Gerard O'Connell, and USQ librarians are at the soft opening at 11am.

Mr Langabeer said a key feature of the new library in Pialba was flexible spaces for student-centric activities, accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week through controlled access.

He encouraged the public to access the collection during normal library hours. 



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