Borchardt Library extends its hours

In a move designed to help meet current and future students’ demand for study space and online services, La Trobe University’s Borchardt Library at the Melbourne campus will be trialling extended hours during Semester 2 from Thursday 28 April. 

library_stdStudents and staff will be able to access facilities such as printers, computers, and study booths for collaborative work all night from Monday to Thursday and midnight on Fridays.  They will need to register their student or staff card before they can gain access.

The University Librarian, Professor Ainslie Dewe, says the library hours are being extended by more than 2,000 hours per year and is an exciting development that responds positively to comments from library users in the client satisfaction survey completed in late 2010.

‘We need to ensure we deliver value for the $10 million investment made renovating the Library for our organisation and our clients. Extending hours is also a common practice in Australian and international academic libraries,’ she says.

Last year’s renovation was designed for Borchardt Library to become a state-of-the-art technology-enabled learning space to allow access to the ground floor of the Library to be restricted for the purpose of giving users further access to Library facilities after hours.

The Library has also extended its Summer School hours and will be open each day of the week at 8 am and close at 7 pm except for Friday when it will close at 6 pm in January and February.  

Full details on Library opening hours are available at

Extended hours trial dates of operation
Semester 1: Thursday 28 April to Thursday 30 June
Semester 2: Monday 25 July to Thursday 24 November


Laura Maquignaz,
Associate University Librarian, Collection Services
T: 9479 1658     E:

Virginia Ruchel,
Library Communications and PR Coordinator
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