Photography by Kevin Hawkins
In April, the University of Melbourne’s Brownless Biomedical Library was nominated for Australia’s Favourite Library, a campaign run by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).
The competition accepts nominations of libraries from across Australia, with nominations made by library users, and voting completed by the public. The library with the most votes will win the title of Australia’s Favourite Library.
University of Melbourne alumni Erin York from ALIA said the aim of the campaign is to give library users the opportunity to show support for their favourite libraries.
“The important part of this campaign was demonstrating how much libraries around Australia are valued,” she said.
Many students believe that the value of the Brownless lies in its innovative design.
“What makes the library unique is that it doesn’t look like your typical old-fashioned library, it has an edgy-modern vibe, and is a trendy place to sit and study with friends,” said Bachelor of Science student Michael Pappa.
Biosciences librarian Jan Weaver said the librarians have been trained to help in whatever ways they can.
“We work hard to make sure that staff and students know of the huge variety of resources that we have available here, and we constantly provide help with using the information in our resources to the best advantage.
The library team at the Brownless produce a blog that aims to keep students up to date about new resources and services.
Winner of Australia’s Favourite Library was announced on 19 May. The winner was Sandringham Library. For a full list of winners, click here.