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TL Robertson Library Refurbishment
& Services Upgrade

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Project overview

The TL Robertson Library (Building 105), built in 1972, now requires significant infrastructure works to address end-of-life services and ensure reliable and sustainable operations moving forward. The required works present an opportunity to extend the scope of the project to also modernise the building’s facilities and respond to the contemporary needs of the Curtin community.

Rapid changes in technology have seen the role of libraries change. This project will support the TL Robertson Library’s role as a key meeting place and activity centre on Curtin’s Perth campus and its transformation into a place for digital innovation and social collaboration.

Creating a library with great heart that inspires great minds.

Local architect, Hames Sharley have partnered with international architecture firm, Schmidt Hammer Lassen to deliver the project’s design solution. Schmidt Hammer Lassen bring global expertise to contemporary library design, including experience in China, New Zealand, Canada and Denmark.

The re-design focuses on preserving the building’s iconic brutalist architecture, whilst creating additional internal space through the construction of a new services tower and revitalising internal spaces to facilitate an exemplar experience in informal learning, knowledge sharing and collaboration across disciplines. The design will also enhance the Library’s connection with Sir Charles Court Promenade and surrounding public realm areas.

Artist Impression: View from South. Please note, images are only indicative of final designs, which are still in development.

Project features

  • Replacement of end-of-life services and relocation from Level 7 to a new external services tower
  • Relocation of a reduced book collection to Level 2 in order to utilise other levels for use by students and staff, reflecting the transition from ‘collection to connection’
  • A large atrium in the centre of the building with auditorium-style study stairs connecting Levels 2 and 3, suitable for use as a formal and informal event venue
  • New flexible teaching spaces
  • New amenities including additional toilets and a 24/7 student kitchen
  • Improved accessibility to Sir Charles Court Promenade and surrounding outdoor areas with highly visible, universally accessible entrances
  • Targeting 5-Star Green Star Design & As Built sustainability rating

Artist Impression: Atrium view from Level 3.

Project benefits

The TL Robertson Library is a landmark at the historical centre of the Perth campus and is an important part of the Curtin student experience. The refurbishment will transform the facility into an informal learning and research hub, showcasing connection and collaboration in addition to collections and technology. The project will have a significant impact on the day-to-day experience for students and the broader community - works will create over 2000sqm of additional usable floor space and excellent new services and amenity.

Campus impact

Main construction works commenced in 2021 and while it was anticipated that the works would be completed in stages to enable the Library building to continue operating during construction, the complexity of the project has meant the Library will be closed from December 2021 – February 2023. Closing the Library for this period will enable works to be completed more quickly, safely and efficiently.

Despite the closure, Library services including study spaces, computers, printing, copying, scanning, 24/7 areas and ‘click and collect’ will continue to be available across three refurbished hubs located in Buildings 103/106, 201 and 418 (the new School of Design & the Built Environment). This will provide students a superior Library experience than continuing to use the building while under construction.

For full details on this closure, please view our news article.

Updates will continue to be provided throughout the project via digital communications and on-site signage. Subscribe to the project newsletter below to stay in touch. The project team can also be contacted via email at libraryproject@curtin.edu.au