UTS Library


Our vision is to deliver a world-leading library connecting people, knowledge, technology and culture at the heart of the UTS campus. Read on to learn about some of our plans for the future of UTS Library.

What is the Future Library?

UTS is a dynamic and innovative university of technology, with the goal of advancing knowledge and learning to progress the professions, industry and communities of the world. The Future Library will be a transformational space that inspires and elevates, encouraging creativity, curiosity and the pursuit of new knowledge. To succeed in this goal, the Library must become the University’s intellectual and cultural hub.

The Future Library will house diverse collections, scholarly reading rooms and exhibition spaces, an array of accessible technologies and a program of cultural events and displays. This bold new library will increase our capacity to promote learning and knowledge creation, celebrate experimentation, and showcase innovative projects and partnerships. Perhaps more importantly, it will provide inspiration and identity for our students and researchers and encourage curiosity.

The new UTS Library forms part of the UTS Central project, which will see the redevelopment of Building 2 on the corner of Broadway and Jones St. Bringing the Library to this location places it at the heart of the campus and will transform the library into the cultural core of the University. 

The Library Retrieval System (LRS) is a critical part of our vision. Opened in 2014, it enables us to preserve and continue to grow our rich print collection, established over more than thirty years, accessible on campus and readily available for future scholarship. The LRS is the single largest piece of technology on campus, and we hope to explore new ways of visualising and interpreting this system. Our recently refurbished UTS Library offers an insight into our vision: the library reshaped as a multi-purpose mediated space that meets many different needs from collaborative work to quiet, private study, rather than just providing a facility to store books. We believe that print collections remain an integral part of an academic library, but that the library also has a role in providing a diverse range of spaces and cutting-edge creative technologies for teaching and learning. 

It is hard to say what the future of scholarship might look like, but we do believe that we should provide flexible spaces that can adapt and transform for different purposes throughout the academic year and over the life of the library itself. It should not be locked into a particular point in time. The types of areas we provide should include: 

  • collaborative, technologically-enabled spaces for group work
  • quiet spaces for individual, reflective study and contemplation
  • ample power, data and WiFi to cater for current and future technology
  • incubator spaces for exploring new technologies
  • digital media editing and production facilities 
  • sophisticated areas for creating simulations and virtual environments
  • gaming spaces for the scholarly study of games
  • panoramic (digital) displays to showcase academic and student work
  • makerspaces for model making 
  • spaces for special collections and exhibitions that provide exposure to culture and inspiration 

As we plan the Future Library, our current and future clients are at the forefront of our minds. We aim to deliver an inspiring, dynamic and scholarly environment that serves the diverse needs of UTS students, academics and researchers. Construction is expected to commence mid-2016. 

Photos of the Library Retrieval System

A 3D cross-section of the Library Retrieval System. The LRS is situated directly under Alumni Green.

LRS cross section

LRS Photo 1   LRS Photo 2   LRS Photo 3

How does the Future Library fit into the City Campus Master Plan?

Proposal for preliminary public consultation
Proposal for preliminary public consultation

The Future Library forms a key part of the City Campus Master Plan project 'UTS Central'. The City Campus Master Plan will assist the University in realising its vision of being a world-leading university of technology, with innovative learning, research and industry engagement spaces. Further information about the project, including a project timeline, is available here

What is the significance of the ‘L’ design?

Library L

You might have seen colourful cubes in the shape of an ‘L’ appearing on the Library website and our publications. This design is an essential element of our visual identity, and reflects the need for the Library to be dynamic as the requirements of our clients change. We are also using this imagery to help visualise our planning and communication around the Future Library.

Our aim at UTS Library is to connect people, knowledge, technology and culture at the heart of the University. We understand that libraries are changing, but so too are the requirements of our clients. We must be conscious of both and respond accordingly.

The ‘L’ first appeared in 2013: a collaboration between our in-house designer, Tom Fethers, and Chris Gaul, UTS Library’s 2012 Artist-in-Residence. The concept arose from a brief to find a design that represents the Library and its role in the University. The ‘L’ can be seen in a variety of configurations, with a spectrum of colours representing the range of resources and services we offer to students, researchers and staff. The colours can also be observed in our Collection Ribbon, visible in the Library Catalogue, which uses colour to represent the breadth and diversity of our collection.

All who come through our doors, visit our website or connect with us on social media seek the assistance, resources and services of the Library. Our image reflects the diversity of our clients but also our ability to provide a personalised service. It visualises our need to inspire curiosity in our clients, whether this is through our spaces, the exhibitions we curate, or the information services we provide.

We are eager to explore the intersection of culture and knowledge within UTS Library, in ways that encourage discovery, curiosity and engagement with our collections and services. We want to be challenged to think more innovatively and to imagine solutions well outside our comfort zone.

We believe that the ‘L’ identity embodies our personality, role as an academic library and our wide-ranging audiences.