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Prof Dorothy Hill
Prof Dorothy Hill
 

The Dorothy Hill Physical Sciences and Engineering Library is one of 14 branch libraries of the University of Queensland Library. It provides resources and services to support the teaching, learning and research needs of staff and students in Applied Science, Physics and Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Engineering and Information Technology.

The Library was formed in 1990 and includes the C. S. Davis Mathematics Library and the Thomas Parnell Memorial Physics Library.

In 1997 the Library was refurbished and renamed the Dorothy Hill Physical Sciences and Engineering Library, after the late Professor Dorothy Hill, and merged with the Geology Library collection. The transformation was guided by architect, Hamilton Wilson, with assistance from the University's Property and Facilities section. It was officially opened on 21 August 1998.

The collection of the Dorothy Hill Physical Sciences and Engineering Library provides teaching, learning and research materials in a wide variety of formats for onsite access, use and loan.
The collection includes:

  • 90,000 books
  • 120,000 bound volumes
  • 2,000 current journal subscriptions
  • 25,000 maps, videos and CD-Roms
  • 1000 theses

Links to electronic resources are provided via the Library's website. These include over 51,000 eJournals, 399,000 eBooks and over 970 databases. Access to the global body of information is available through the internet.

Assistance in the use of information resources focuses on the specific needs of the clients.

There are over 90 public-access computers throughout the Dorothy Hill Physical Sciences and Engineering Library. These provide access to:
  • Library website
  • Email
  • Internet
  • Networked printing and copying
  • Online course materials
  • Software - Word, Powerpoint, Excel and Access
  • UQ network

The Dorothy Hill Physical Sciences and Engineering Library supports the teaching and research of the following Faculties and Institutes:


 Contact Us

General Enquiries
Email: pse@library.uq.edu.au
Phone: +61 7 3346 4367


Loans Enquiries
Email: circ@library.uq.edu.au
Phone: +61 7 3346 4367


Document Delivery Enquiries
Email: psei@library.uq.edu.au
Phone: +61 7 3346 3507


Fax     +61 7 3365 3658

Building number
no. 50, St Lucia campus

Postal address
The Dorothy Hill Physical Sciences & Engineering Library,
The University of Queensland,
St Lucia,
Qld 4072



Executive Manager, Engineering and Sciences Library Service
Heather Todd
Email: h.todd@library.uq.edu.au
Phone: 3346 4394



Acting Manager, Physical Sciences and Engineering Library Service
Loretta AtkinsonMs Loretta Atkinson
Email: l.atkinson@library.uq.edu.au
Phone: 3346 4362




 
Loans Supervisor
Pauline Lister Pauline Lister
Email: p.lister@library.uq.edu.au
Phone: 3346 3690



 
Liaison Librarians
Loretta Atkinson
 
Loretta Atkinson
Email: l.atkinson@library.uq.edu.au
Phone: 3346 4362


Liaison areas of responsibility:
   ARC Centre for Complex Systems
   ARC Research Network in Enterprise Information Infrastructure
   Centre for Medical Diagnostic Technologies in Queensland (MedTeQ)
   Centre for Research in Language Processing and Linguistics
   School of Information Technology & Electrical Engineering
 
Cristina Ghiculescu
 
Cristina Ghiculescu
Email: c.ghiculescu@library.uq.edu.au
Phone: 3346 3504


Liaison areas of responsibility:
   Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Resource Centre
   Materials Engineering
   Mechanical Engineering
   Sustainable Minerals Institute
 
Sue Lockeridge
 
Sue Lockeridge
Email: s.lockeridge@library.uq.edu.au
Phone: 3346 3549
Part-time: Saturday and Sunday

   
 
Gisela Possin
 
Gisela Possin
Email: g.possin@library.uq.edu.au
Phone: 3346 3502


Liaison areas of responsibility:
   Centre for Discrete Mathematics and Computing
   Centre for Magnetic Resonance
   Earth Systems Science Computational Centre (ESSCC)
   School of Physical Sciences
 
Jan Sullivan
 
Jan Sullivan
Email: j.sullivan@library.uq.edu.au
Phone: 3346 3502


Liaison areas of responsibility:
   Australian Institute for Bioengineering & Nanotechnology
   Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis
   Chemistry
 
Leith Woodall
 
Leith Woodall
Email: l.woodall@library.uq.edu.au
Phone: 3346 3502


Liaison areas of responsibility:
   ARC Centre for Functional Nanomaterials
   Australian Institute for Bioengineering & Nanotechnology
   Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis
   Chemistry
 
Phil Yorke-Barber
 
Phil Yorke-Barber
Email: p.yorke-barber@library.uq.edu.au
Phone: 3346 3502


Liaison areas of responsibility:
   Advanced Water Management Centre
   Chemical Engineering
   Civil Engineering
   Environmental Engineering
   Mining Engineering
   School of Engineering


Location and Layout

The Dorothy Hill Physical Sciences and Engineering Library is located in the Hawken Building (building number 50), on the St Lucia Campus.

The entrance to the Library is on Level 2 and can be reached via Cooper Road.

Information on parking (including casual parking) is available from the University's Traffic and Parking section. For an overview of transport possibilities, visit About UQ --> Transport.

To find out more about this library, take a virtual tour.


Level 1

On Level 1 you will find seating for large groups and computers. There is a drinking fountain on this level.

 

Level 2

On Level 2 you will find the Information Desk and the Loans Desk, which includes the High Use Collection. On this level you will also find the Reference Collection, the display of recently received journals and books, folio books, the eZone, photocopiers, computers, and maps.

There is an adjustable height desk and a courtesy telephone for dialling University of Queensland telephone numbers.

The book return chute is located outside the library adjacent to the main entrance.

Network printing, including colour printing, is available on this level.

The Library staff area is also located on this level.

 

Level 3

Upstairs, on Level 3 is the book collection, including theses, journals from TP-Z, Standards, a photocopier, a video player, a DVD player, group study rooms, and individual study spaces.

There is a drinking fountain on this level.

There are toilets on this level.

 

Level 4

Above this, on Level 4 is the remainder of the journal collection, from A-TP, a photocopier, single study rooms, and study spaces.

 

Level 5

The Dorothy Hill Research Centre, incorporating the Don Carruthers eXchange Zone is located on Level 5.

The Centre provides areas for group interaction and collaborative spaces.

Network printing, is available on this level.

The Don Carruthers eXchange Zone is a meeting room within the Dorothy Hill Research Centre. It has data projection equipment. Videoconferencing is available to facilitate interchanges with industry and research partners as well as enhanced learning experiences.


Opening Hours

Semester Opening Hours
Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri. Sat. Sun.
Monday: 7.30am - 7pm ; Tuesday: 7.30am - 7pm ; Wednesday: 7.30am - 7pm ; Thursday: 7.30am - 7pm ; Friday: 7.30am - 5pm ; Saturday: 9am - 5pm ; Sunday: Closed
For recorded opening hours - telephone (07) 3365 6703.

These hours vary during the July vacation and the Summer semester period.
Current opening hours are available from the Library website.

PSE Library News: Science and Technology

Keep up to date with new science and technology information resources and library services on the PSE Library News: Science and Technology blog.


Book returns

There is a book return chute adjacent to the main entrance on Level 2. Books may be returned through this chute at all times.

 


Facilities Bookings

The following facilities of the Dorothy Hill Physical Sciences and Engineering Library can be booked using the Library's Facilities Bookings System.

The bookings page is released daily at 4pm. To facilitate equitable sharing of the facilities, the following conditions apply:

FACILITY

FOR USE BY

CONDITIONS

10 Laptop computers

UQ students

Three current bookings. Each booking is for a maximum duration of four hours

4 Group rooms (Level 3)

UQ students

Two current bookings. Each booking is for a maximum duration of two hours

2 Group rooms (Level 5)

UQ staff and postgraduate students

Two current bookings. Each booking is for a maximum duration of two hours

14 Individual study rooms (Level 4)

UQ students

Three current bookings. Each booking is for a maximum duration of three hours

Bookings must be taken up within 15 of booking time, or the booking will lapse.

Penalties apply for late returns


Computers and Email

The Dorothy Hill Physical Sciences and Engineering Library provides over 90 computers for accessing the Library website including the catalogue, databases, and the internet. MS Office, EndNote and email are available on all computers. Ten laptop computers with wireless and network access are available for loan from the loans desk. Bookings may be made for these laptop computers up to one week in advance, using the Facilities Bookings System.

The wireless network covers a broad area on the St Lucia campus including all levels of the Dorothy Hill Physical Sciences and Enginnering Library. Powerpoints are available for personal laptops.

Members of the public have access to the Library catalogue and some electronic library resources.


Study Areas

There are study areas available on Levels 2, 3 and 4 of the Dorothy Hill Physical Sciences and Engineering Library.

There are quiet discussion areas for group study on Levels 1, 2 and 3 of the Dorothy Hill Physical Sciences and Engineering Library.

There are fourteen individual study rooms on Level 4 of the Dorothy Hill Physical Sciences and Engineering Library. Bookings can be made using the Facilities Bookings System.

There are four group study rooms on Level 3, and two group study rooms for Postgraduates on Level 5 of the Dorothy Hill Physical Sciences and Engineering Library. Bookings can be made using the Facilities Bookings System.

Individual Study Rooms

Individual Study Rooms are available for students on Level 4. Bookings may be made for these rooms up to one week in advance, using the Facilities Bookings System. The Bookings page is released daily at 4pm. To facilitate equitable sharing of the rooms students may use the Individual Study Rooms for a total of three sessions per week. One session is up to three hours. Individual Room keys must be collected within 15 minutes of booking time, or the booking will lapse. Bookings may be made by entering your UQ username and password in the relevant day, room and time on the booking sheet. Students may alter their bookings themselves if necessary.

Group Study Rooms

Four Group Study Rooms are available for students on Level 3. Bookings may be made for these rooms up to one week in advance, using the Facilities Bookings System. The Bookings page is released daily at 4pm. To facilitate equitable sharing of the rooms students may use the Group Study Rooms for a total of two sessions per week. One session is up to two hours. Group Room keys must be collected within 15 minutes of booking time, or the booking will lapse. Bookings may be made by entering your UQ username and password in the relevant day, room and time on the booking sheet. Students may alter their bookings themselves if necessary.


Exhibitions and Displays

Displays and exhibitions to promote Library and wider University activities can be arranged. Please contact Library staff with any queries about displays.


Lockers and Lockable Desks

Lockers are available for hire on a casual basis. They are located on Level 1 of the Library, Duhig Building (turn left immediately inside the main entrance).

Lockers for postgraduate students and students with disabilities are also available on Levels 3 and 4 of the Social Sciences and Humantities Library.


General Collections

Over 90,000 books, 120,000 journal volumes, and 2000 current journal subscriptions are held in the Dorothy Hill Physical Sciences and Engineering Library. The collection also includes 25,000 maps, videos and CD-Roms.

The strengths of the Dorothy Hill Physical Sciences and Engineering Library are in computer science, earth science, mathematics, chemistry, physics, and the engineering disciplines, including civil, chemical, electrical, mechanical, mining and materials.

For further information, see the Dorothy Hill Physical Sciences and Engineering Library's Collection Development Policy.


Specialised Collections

Standards

The Library holds:

Maps

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 2 of the Dorothy Hill Physical Sciences and Engineering 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.

Theses

University of Queensland theses and some other theses are listed in the catalogue.

University of Queensland higher degree theses produced at the University of Queensland for research Masters and Ph.D. degrees are deposited in Fryer Library. Some selected UQ Honours theses are also housed there.

In the Dorothy Hill Physical Sciences and Engineering Library theses are located on Level 3. The collection includes all postgraduate theses, some Honours theses and some fourth year engineering theses.

Access to the full text of a number of University of Queensland theses is now available through the library catalogue. These theses are part of the Australasian Digital Theses (ADT) Program, which aims to establish a distributed database of digital versions of theses produced by the postgraduate research students at Australian Universities. The full text of UQ theses is available within the University of Queensland domain. Abstracts of the theses are freely available to the worldwide community.


Suggest a Purchase

University of Queensland staff and students may suggest items to be added to the Library's collection.

Schools and Centres may also contact their Liasion Librarian, to make a suggestion for purchase.


What's New

New print material is displayed in the Recently Received Books and Journals area on Level 2 of the Dorothy Hill Physical Sciences and Engineering Library.

A list of new material is available on the Library website. For information on the latest issue of a journal, search the Library Catalogue.


Disability Support

Many services for users with disabilities are provided by the University's Disability Program.

The Dorothy Hill Physical Sciences and Engineering Library is wheelchair accessible via the main entrance off Cooper Road. All levels of the library are served by lifts. There is an adjustable desk located on Level 2

There are lockers for disabled users on Levels 3 and 4 of the Social Sciences and Humanities Library.

There are three Assistive Technology rooms for students with disabilities in the Fryer Library.

More information can be found at Support for Users with Disabilities.


Loan Enquiries and Pickups

Loan enquiries can be made in person at the Loans Desk on Level 2 or by telephoning (07) 3346 4367 or by emailing: circ@library.uq.edu.au. Reserved items can be collected from the Loans Desk on the Level 2


Lost Property

Lost property is held for one week at the Loans Desk on Level 2 and then is given to Security.


Printing and Copying

The Dorothy Hill Physical Sciences and Engineering Library provides copying facilities on all levels, and network printing on Level 2. Networked colour printing is also available on Level 2.

All copying is subject to copyright restrictions.

The automatic card dispensing machine, where copy cards can be purchased and value added to existing cards, is on Level 2.


Multimedia

Television programs useful for teaching, learning and research are copied and placed into the Library's collection. The Library also works closely with the Central Video Replay Service (CVRS).

Information on booking videos for screening in lectures, other multimedia services and contact details is available at the Library Multimedia Services page.

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