Library spaces

Each UWA library offers a range of study zones; choose the right zone each time you visit. You can study with food and drink but there are some rules to ensure all users can study in comfort. The PAM SMS service allows you to text Library staff to get help without leaving your seat.

Choose your study zone

Collaborative zones

Collaborative zones are for group work and collaboration. They are usually located in high-traffic areas, with PCs, printing and help from staff available. Mobile phones can be used in these zones as long as you do not disturb others.

All group study rooms are collaborative zones, but please be mindful of noise travelling outside the rooms as they are not soundproof.

Quiet zones

Quiet study zones are designed for individual study. Please whisper or speak quietly and silence your devices in these zones.

Silent zones

Silent study zones are designed for silent and serious individual study. Any noise in these areas is likely to disturb others, so please be considerate.

Find the perfect place to study

Help us to maintain an environment in which you and other students can learn and enjoy your time on campus by keeping the following points in mind:

  • Choose the right zone to meet your needs. Make sure you’re not disturbing other people by talking loudly in quiet and silent areas.
  • Within the guidelines of the accepted behaviour in each zone, feel free to respectfully let someone know if they are disturbing you. They may be unaware they’re doing so.
  • Wear noise-cancelling headphones.
  • Make use of our late-night access at busy times of semester.
  • If a persistent noise issue is disturbing your study, alert a Library staff member or security guard.
  • Litter is unpleasant, so respect the Library and other people by clearing away your rubbish and recycling waste where possible.
  • Don't be a desk or couch hog – study and PC space is in very high demand. If you’re leaving for an extended break, take your belongings with you so someone else can use the study space or PC. Your belongings are not secure if you leave them.
  • Treat fellow Library users and Library staff with courtesy, respect and consideration at all times.
  • If you are not behaving in an appropriate manner, Library or Security staff will let you know. We may ask you to leave the library building. You may also be liable to further action under the University's disciplinary procedures.

Resource rooms and accessibility

The University Library provides Resource Rooms in the Barry J Marshall and Reid libraries to students who have registered with UniAccess. These rooms provide a range of facilities which support students with a disability or medical condition.

More information on these facilities and the assistance and services available can be found on our Accessibility page.

Postgraduate spaces

The Library offers two dedicated spaces for postgraduate students to engage in silent individual study. Access is via campus card, and automatically enabled for students in postgraduate courses, but please contact us if you experience any issues accessing these spaces:

  • Reid Second Floor – approx 150 seats inc 11 PCs and 75 lockers
  • Marshall Third Floor – approx 200 seats inc 10 PCs and 24 lockers

PAM (Please Assist Me!) – Library SMS service

We understand that sometimes you won’t want to leave your belongings unattended, you might want to report an issue anonymously, or perhaps it’s not that urgent but you want to let Library staff know about a situation. You can SMS the Library staff to let us know about issues relating to noise, food and drink, facilities and equipment. We’ll aim to respond as soon as we can. If the issue is urgent you should call us or speak to staff at the Information Desk. Please do not use PAM for emergencies, complex questions or spam.

Each Library has a different PAM number– make sure you use the right one so the right staff on the ground can respond. Save these in your phone for easy access to Library help!

Food and drink

Library users will appreciate the need to keep the library clean and comfortable for others. As such, only covered drinks and some food are permitted in the libraries, and all rubbish should be placed in bins provided. Foods which smell strongly or result in a mess are permitted only in the cafés and café terraces in Reid Library and Barry J Marshall Library, and the Student Lounge area in the J. Robin Warren Library.

You will be asked to relocate from all other Library areas if you are consuming any such food.

You may also be asked to relocate from a Library silent study zone if the food you are consuming is creating noise.

Please note:

  • No food or drink will be permitted in the Library’s Special Collections.
  • Alcohol is not permitted in any areas of the Libraries (including the cafés and café terraces).

General and recycling bins can be found in all libraries and cleaning products are available from library staff if required.

Parents room

    There are two dedicated spaces in UWA libraries to support parenting students and staff to study, work and collaborate

    with a range of facilities for children and breastfeeding.


Access to the Parents Rooms

UWA staff and students can request access to the parents rooms by email or by visiting the library in person, providing the following evidence:

  • Staff or Student ID

Plus one of the following:

  • Birth certificate(s) of child/children
  • Passport(s) of the child/children
  • Child/children present with the applicant (in person application only)

    Access will be via Campus Card and will last for 12 months from the date of application. Please see library staff if you wish your access to be extended after expiry. A parent/guardian must accompany children under 15 at all times on campus. Parents/guardians should supervise use of equipment and toys in the Library Parents Rooms. Toys may not be safe for all ages.

Baby change facilities

Baby change facilities are located in:

  • Barry J Marshall Library: Unisex toilet, First Floor (room 120)
  • Reid Library: Unisex toilet, First Floor (room 105)

3D Print Lab

Take a step into the future to develop and practice skills in object printing, exploring the many exciting possibilities of this now ubiquitous technology. Watch as your 3D model takes form, layer by subtle layer, before your very eyes.

UWA students and staff have leapt at the opportunity to use our 3D Print Lab; since April 2018 more than 550 participants have watched their models come to life.

The UWA 3D Print Lab is currently a free pilot service for UWA students and staff members.

3D Print Lab

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