The treasures of UQ’s Fryer Library will be made more accessible for the education of scholars across all fields with the creation of a philanthropically funded dedicated teaching space.
Among the library’s special collections are items of rarity, beauty, curiosity and cultural significance, which connect with history and inspire imagination.
They include digitised photographs, manuscripts, architectural plans, oral histories and plans, drawings and records of key Queensland-based architects, and literary manuscripts of prominent Australian writers.
The library is raising $210,000 to create the Fryer Library Collection Teaching Space by converting part of the reading room to provide more hands-on teaching and student interaction with library collections.
The study space will be themed around architecture and will include large interactive digital screens to allow students and researchers to access digitised collections, including plans, in their original size.
Adjacent to the room will be an outdoor terrace, overlooking the Great Court, to facilitate networking events.
A major step in realising this project was taken recently when the Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland Inc. launched the Teaching Space fundraising appeal with a $50,000 donation.
Your support for the appeal will transform the teaching and learning experiences of students and researchers and propel their discovery of internationally significant collections.