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5 things I wish I knew about UOW Library in my first year

Written by Huynh Nguyen. Huynh is in her third year of a Bachelor of Commerce degree at UOW, majoring in Marketing.

1. 24/7 access

Have you heard Wollongong Campus Library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for all of Autumn and Spring Sessions?

The 24/7 Zone is on Levels 1 and 2 of Building 17 (the IMTS computer labs and upstairs in the Library’s South Wing).

There are plenty of study seats plus access to computers and printers, kitchenette facilities (with a microwave and sink) and vending machines.

Now you don’t have to look for a space to study after hours. You can think, work and collaborate any time of the day (or night!) in a safe and secure space. (However, the 24/7 Zone is a quiet area, so keep this in mind!)

2. Peer Academic Coaches (PACS)

Peer Academic Coaches (PACs) are senior, high-achieving UOW students trained to help other students. You can find them on the Ground Floor of Wollongong Campus Library.

No appointments needed, just come tell them what you need help with.

PACs can:

  • connect you with useful services on campus
  • identify learning resources to improve your writing, language and grammar
  • share effective learning strategies with you.

You’ll gain valuable knowledge and discover new resources (and may end up making new friends).

Two students looking at 3D printed objects in the MakerSpace
A peer academic coach in a red shirt showing a student how to search on computer

3. MakerSpace

Have you ever wanted to control a robot, cut out logos and patterns on different materials, experience Virtual Reality (VR), or see how 3D printing works?

You can experience all this if you come to the  at Wollongong Campus Library.

Don’t worry if you aren’t a computer science or engineering student (or if you have no idea what all the equipment is!) because there are friendly mentors to assist you.

The MakerSpace is SAF (Student Amenities Fee) funded and welcomes all students from all disciplines, so it’s definitely worth checking out!

4. Borrow equipment at the Library

Have you ever been on campus and left your headphones or earphones at home?

Or you are taking a single core subject that requires an approved calculator to enter the exam (but it’s the only subject in your entire course that requires an approved calculator!)?

Just head to the Wollongong Campus Library Loans Desk on the Ground Floor. All you need is your student ID card – so convenient!

5. Casual Copy Cards

If you come to campus and forget your student card but need to print something right away – don’t stress out!

You can purchase a Casual Copy Card for $2.20. The cards are available at the Mini Card Cashier, in the Print/Copy Room on the Ground Floor of the Wollongong Campus Library.