Baillieu Library

Project Overview

‘A first class library is the very corner stone of the life of any university.‘ Lord Baillieu on the occasion on the opening of the Baillieu Library, 21 March 1959.

This statement still remains at the core of our vision for this major 21st century Library redevelopment.  Stage 1 of the redevelopment of Baillieu Library involves three projects in 2011:

Preliminary Design for the Baillieu Library Redevelopment and Research & Cultural Library - Lyons Architects are developing a preliminary design for the entire redevelopment of the Baillieu Library, including the addition of a Research & Cultural Library, which will house the University’s special collections and a dedicated Scholar’s Centre. This is the preferred development option following feasibility studies in 2010. Extensive consultation is being carried out across the University and the Preliminary Design is due for completion in in June 2011.

Ground Floor Refurbishment - Probuild Constructions Pty Ltd have been appointed to carry out the work of the Baillieu Library Ground Floor  redevelopment, which will see improved student and staff facilities in this important and heavily used space. ProBuild commenced works on 16 March 2011, and we expect them to complete the job in time for Semester 2. The final design by Lyons Architects will highlight the original 1950’s features of the Baillieu Library building.

Roof Redevelopment -  works are required urgently in the South West corner of the Baillieu Library to safeguard valuable collections in this building against roof leaks. The roof works are being managed as part of the University’s Building Maintenance program and will commence following the re-opening of the Ground Floor.

Current status as at 13 October 2011

Good news we have the final report for the Preliminary Design for the Baillieu Library Redevelopment and Research & Cultural Library and it is now awaiting approval from the University.

Baillieu Library Roof Works have commenced today and McCorkell construction have taken possession of the site-these works will be completed by the end of December, 2011. We will keep you informed of the progress!

Current status as at 12 August 2011

The redeveloped ground floor of the Baillieu Library officially opened on the 12th August.  Students are embracing all of the newly designed work spaces, including the individual study spaces.   The library is now filled with alot of natural light, rich timber and students are utilising every nook and cranny!

Current status as at 11 July 2011

Construction on the Ground Floor has been progressing, and we have completed the services rough in (slow going in this old building), and installed new fittings such as ceiling, flooring and lighting. Joinery is now being completed and the new furniture is on its way. Unfortunately, the project is running a little behind schedule due to a number of factors and therefore the temporary entrance (via Level 3, Arts West Building) will continue until August 12, when we will re-open the Ground Floor. Thanks for your patience and look out for celebrations on August 12.


Current status as at 16 May 2011

Due to a power shutdown required for the Ground Floor works, the Baillieu Library (including Giblin Library) will be CLOSED on Saturday 21st May 2011. Other campus libraries will be open, check our Opening Hours for details. We apologise for any inconvenience. The new and improved Baillieu Ground Floor is on track to open for Semester 2, 2011.


Current status as at 11 April 2011

Some images of the design for the refurbished Baillieu Ground Floor are over at our Flickr site!


Current status as at 1 April 2011

Probuild have been carrying out demolitions on the Ground Floor over the past couple of weeks. In mid-April, electrical and plumbing work will commence. This may result in some additional noise, but we hope to complete these activities early in the mornings as much as possible.

Some areas on the Lower Ground Floor and the First Floor will be temporarily unavailable for periods in April and May, as they are required by Probuild for access to crucial electrical and plumbing systems. More information regarding affected areas and dates will be provided as soon as possible. We will be providing suggestions for alternative locations for study and computer access and trying to minimise the impact of these works.

Thank you for your ongoing patience. Please don't hesitate to contact us with questions or your suggestions on how we can assist you during the renovation.

In the meantime, you may be interested to find out more about our plans for Baillieu and get a glimpse of what the new Ground Floor will look like!

Staff and students are invited to attend the second Open Forum on the Preliminary Design for the Baillieu Redevelopment and Research & Cultural Library to be held at 1pm, Monday 11 April, Old Arts Theatre D. Lyons Architects will be presenting the emerging design and there will be an opportunity for discussion and input.


Current status as at 14 March 2011

Builder appointed, commencing 16 March

Probuild Constructions Pty Ltd have been appointed to carry out the Baillieu Library Ground Floor Redevelopment, which will improve student and staff facilities in this important and heavily used area. ProBuild will commence works on 16th March 2011 with an anticipated finishing date of 30th June 2011. The new and improved library facilities on the Ground Floor will be open and accessible from Semester 2, 2011.

We’d like to thank all staff who were involved in the temporary relocations for Semester 1, 2011. It was a great effort to ensure that all services and collections were in place and ready for O week and the first week of semester.

We’d also like to thank all our library users for your patience during the renovation period, while we build you a better Baillieu!

Further information about relocated services and collections can be found in the answers to our FAQs  


Current Status - as at 24th January, 2011

Construction to start late-Feb, Entrance to change 14 Feb

From Monday 14 February, 2011, the Baillieu Library will be undergoing renovations. From this date, the ground floor entrance will be closed, and you will need to enter the library from the 3rd floor of the adjoining Economics and
Commerce Building (bldg 148). All visitors will be able to access the library via the lifts and the bridge that leads to the Baillieu building.

Please note the following dates when access will not be available:

Key dates
Saturday 12 February - Baillieu Library Closed (ERC Open)
Sunday 13 February - Baillieu Library Closed (ERC Open)

We apologise for any inconvenience and hope that the renovations will bring you better access, services and study space, so stay tuned while we make the Baillieu better!

For answers to some frequently asked questions, refer to the link below.



Current Status - as at 18 November, 2010 

Property and Campus Services have appointed the architectural firm, Lyons for the Baillieu Redevelopment and Research & Cultural Library. Stage 1 is now underway (Preliminary Design, Ground Floor and Roof Works only [i.e. no Schematic Design]). Project Brief and draft Prelim Design Brief complete and Project Plan underway.

Lyons have been meeting regularly with staff via regular reference and working group meetings.  A communication plan for Baillieu & Research and Cultural Library Project has been completed.  Regular communication mechanisms are being put in place (including regular staff briefings) and will continue to expand as the project itself grows.

No official details about the work for the Ground Floor works have been released yet.  This will depend on the Preliminary Design and Ground Floor plans, which need to be completed before the full scale of the Ground Floor Works can be determined.

However, the Library is making contingency plans to remove and temporarily relocate all services and collections from the Ground Floor for Semester 1, 2010.


Status - as at 1 July, 2010

No final decisions have yet been made about the development options for the Baillieu Library.  However, there are outstanding BURF funds amounting to $4 million that must be expended on the Baillieu Project during the next few months.  For this reason, a decision has been made to commence the first stage of the project, that will include:

  • Develop a schematic design for the Baillieu Library and the Research and Cultural Library that can be used for fundraising purposes;
  • Repair the roof of the Baillieu Library, in keeping with the schematic design; and
  • Redevelop the ground floor of the Baillieu Library to improve student and staff facilities.

A Schematic Design Project Brief continues to be developed by Library Redevelopment Unit staff and P&CS representatives.  This document will act as a guide and starting point for architects when they are appointed.  Some pre design Library working groups have been proposed to encourage general conversations about issues related to the ground floor redevelopment.