Update: Westmead Hospital Library refurbishment

Artist's impression of the refurbished Westmead Hospital Library.

All demolition works for the Westmead Hospital Library refurbishment have now been completed, with the contractors now well and truly in the building phase. 

Partition walls for the clinical examination rooms, bookable meeting rooms and staff zone are up, and about 90 per cent of services have been ‘roughed-in’, or installed but not connected. 

Services being installed in the library include a new air conditioning system, new electrical cabling (data and power) and new fire safety systems. 

University of Sydney project manager Winsome Fox is delivering the project on behalf of the University and Western Sydney Local Health District. 

Winsome said: “Works in the Westmead Hospital Library have progressed well over the last few months and we are now at the half-way point, where we start to see the true form of the space develop. 

“A refurbishment project of this size – within an operating hospital – doesn’t come without its challenges, and the project team and builders have worked tirelessly to ensure the challenges are overcome and we maintain our target completion date.”

“I am sure library staff and users will be very happy with the outcome.”      

While the construction work is underway, a lot of work is also going on in the background with the library management group (LMG). The LMG are responsible for the smooth commissioning and operation of the library, so that staff and students can benefit from the brand new space from day one. 

Benefits of the library refurbishment include a contemporary, sophisticated space for independent study or group work, examinations rooms to develop clinical skill sets, a librarian consultation space for additional training and assistance, and more bookable meeting rooms. 

Deputy library manager Bernadette Nicholl said: “along with the physical change, the library is also undergoing a number of strategic and operational changes.

“We’re changing the way we work so we can spend less time on transactional and administrative work, and more time assisting our customers with resources and training.

“This includes embracing technology to be more efficient and mobile, and re-organising how we work through activity-based working.”

The library refurbishment is expected to be completed at the end of May 2018.

Click here for more information about the library's refurbishment. 

Click here for frequently asked questions about services available while the library is temporarily closed. 

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