The Westmead Redevelopment project’s overarching education, training and research (ETR) user group went on a site tour of the refurbished Westmead Hospital Library earlier this month.
The user group provides advice and feedback on ETR spaces and programs, and have been integral in the library’s refurbishment.
Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) executive director of nursing, midwifery and clinical governance Joanne Edwards said it was fantastic to see the library nearing completion.
“There is so much natural light filtering in. The space is big and bright, and there is a variety of different areas for independent study or working collaboratively” she said.
“I look forward to using the space, especially the clinical exam rooms and pathology display room, which will be invaluable for our students and staff members.”
The pathology display room will house 2,500 unique pathology specimens currently stored in the John Stephenson Museum at the University of Sydney Westmead Clinical School.
The specimens have been rejuvenated as part of the library's refurbishment and will be an invaluable teaching and learning resource for medical, nursing, dental and science students at Westmead Hospital.
The pathology room has been designed flexibly to act as an education space, as well as a small tutorial or meeting room.
Kate O’Sullivan, chief operating officer of the University of Sydney at Westmead said: “we’re delighted to see how this project is transforming the library into a contemporary learning and study environment.
"The library is of critical importance for students and staff, and I hope the highly professional library team find this upgrade enhances their ability to continue to deliver best-practice services.”
Westmead Hospital Library is being upgraded by the University of Sydney, in partnership with Western Sydney Local Health District. Library construction works are due to be completed at the end of May, with the library expected to re-open in mid-June.
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