Staff and students on tour at Westmead Hospital Library
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WSLHD and University of Sydney staff and students get a sneak peak of the refurbished library.

Westmead Hospital Library and University of Sydney staff and students got a sneak peak of the new library last week, during a site tour of the refurbished space.

Thuvarahan Jegathees, a Doctor of Medicine student at the University of Sydney said: “our feedback was listened to, and now we have a dedicated clinical exam space.”

The clinical exam rooms will facilitate objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs), medical examinations for students that use real patients and data. 

They will also be used by WSLHD physicians and surgeons who need to complete clinical examinations. 

Doctor of Medicine student Florence Wong added: “I loved the new standing/sitting desks with all the new outlets – the study area looks so much brighter and inviting. 

“What really stood out was the use of natural light to illuminate some of the informal study spaces.”

The refurbished library will also provide two dedicated clinical simulation rooms and a pathology tutorial room that will display pathology specimens. 

Westmead Hospital Library staff were excited to see their new workplace. 

Librarian Glenda Browne said: “it’s so wonderful to see the physical space. We’ve been looking at plans and drawings for a long time, but seeing the construction site makes it feel real.”

Co-worker Wendy Carr added: “the library looks great so far. We’re very much looking forward to seeing the complete product and moving back in!” 

Construction of the refurbished library is on track for an end-of-May completion, with the library expected to re-open in mid-June. 

University of Sydney project manager Winsome Fox said: “this week, the space is coming alive with the carpet now laid, walls painted and joinery commencing installation. 

“The new shelving that will house all the books has been installed – it is sleek and modern and you can really see the library starting to take shape!”

Westmead Hospital Library is being upgraded by the University of Sydney, in partnership with Western Sydney Local Health District. 

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