Dorothy Hill Engineering and Sciences Library
The Dorothy Hill Engineering and Sciences Library is located in the Hawken Building (building number 50), on the St Lucia Campus. Information on transport is available from the University's Transport Guide.
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The strengths of the Dorothy Hill Engineering and Sciences Library are in agriculture, applied science, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, human movements, maps, mathematics, physics, science: biological, environmental, health and rehabilitation, marine.
The Library holds:
- SAI Global on-line premium (formerly Australian standards online)
- Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Level 3
- IEEE standards, available online via IEEE Xplore
The Map Collection comprises topographic and geological maps
with some subject specific maps, for example in forestry or soils. All maps
have catalogue entries. The maps are in cabinets on Level 3 of the Dorothy Hill
Engineering and Sciences Library. Maps are not available for loan.
World map coverage is at the 1: 1,000,000 scale. Australian coverage comes in two scales 1:100,000 and 1:250,000. Queensland map coverage is also at two scales:1:25,000 and 1:50,000.
The re-establishment of the Dorothy Hill Engineering and Sciences Library Collections
In December 2010-January 2011, the Library consolidated some of its print collections and relocated or removed lesser-used material from branches.
This action was in part a response to changing user needs and behaviours as well as the need to maximise use of space and budget. The Library's intentions were announced in the University Librarian's column in the library magazine Phoenix (October 2010) and Faculties and Schools were advised of the plans.
Policy and guidelines were developed to assist staff with the processes of relocation and removal of material, and the processing of journals. Generally the process worked as it should have, but regrettably, some errors were made which resulted in the discard of some material relating to earth sciences that should have been retained. This includes spans of print journal titles for which the Library does not own online back files.
It is with sincere regret that the Library acknowledges that it made errors when considering both books and journals in the Dorothy Hill Engineering and Physical Sciences Library. Many of these items had been collected by the late Professor Dorothy Hill. Professor Hill's outstanding national and international research reputation in palaeontology, her long association with the University and her contribution to the Library's development further adds to the loss of this material. Academic staff were not involved with decisions relating to disposal of items from the collection.
The Library is making every effort to redress these errors by working with the Faculty of Science and academic staff in the School of Earth Sciences to identify and re-acquire important titles. Significant monetary resources have been allocated to the recovery of important titles, and geologist, Dr Peter Jell, has been retained to provide expert advice to a team of Faculty and Library staff on this project.
In the meantime if you are unable to locate an item which you need, please submit a request for purchase or request document delivery.
In consultation with earth and biological sciences academics, the Faculty of Science Library Advisory Committee was established as a matter of urgency, with representatives of the Schools within the Faculty of Science and the Library, to provide consultation on ongoing collection development issues. There will be no further withdrawals from the Dorothy Hill collection without consultation and agreement from relevant academic staff.
If you know of resources that may be available for acquisition by the Library to fill existing gaps please contact Dr Peter Jell. Arrangements may be made for purchase or donation. The Library will consider donations under the Cultural Gifts Program, which entitles the donor to a tax deduction corresponding to the value of the donation.
The book return chute is located outside the library adjacent to the main entrance. High Use material should be returned to the Loans Desk on Level 2 during opening hours.
The Dorothy Hill Engineering and Sciences Library is wheelchair accessible
via the main entrance off Cooper Road. All levels of the library are served by
There is an adjustable height desk on Level 2.
More information can be found on the Support for Users with Disabilities page.