Academic Centre & Libraries

A learning hub for the twenty-first century.

The Academic Centre is the heart of learning at Ormond. The MacFarland building has just undergone a $5m transformation to equip us for the learning styles and needs of future generations of Ormond students. The Centre now features a magnificent domed reading room, a 24-hour access library with over 17,000 volumes, collaborative digital learning spaces, ubiquitous wireless and casual reading, discussion, lecture & performance areas.

In recognition of the quality of the spaces created, the Ormond Academic Centre received three 2012 Victorian Architecture Awards in the categories of Interior, Heritage and Alterations to Public Architecture.

View photos of the Academic Centre in the Gallery →

MacFarland Library

The MacFarland Library in the Academic Centre houses over 17,000 volumes and is exclusively for the use of Ormond students, tutors and staff. It has an extensive reference collection, current textbooks, course-related literature, and a good fiction collection. You are able to suggest new titles, and most books can be borrowed. Our librarians are on hand to help you access and understand the University’s research databases.

The library catalogue is available online.

Study & Learning Spaces

The Academic Centre and Library are especially popular study spaces, with areas designed for both individual and group work. The Centre is fully equipped with wireless access to the Internet and College network for students.

Each of the tutorial spaces in the Centre has been designed to maximise the use of technology in learning. The SMART Boards in each room allow students and tutors to readily access the Internet and deliver digital presentations.

The Centre also features a seminar/technology room ideal for seminars and small presentations, and a larger area in the foyer with a podium for lectures and performances.

There are facilities for scanning, printing and copying in colour and black & white in the reprographics zone. Printing and copying are charged at reasonable rates. There is also a Macintosh equipped with video editing software.

Academic Centre Hours

The Academic Centre is accessible to students 24 hours a day. The Library is staffed from Monday to Friday, 10am – 9:30pm and from 1pm - 5pm on weekends. Outside of library hours, students can borrow books using self-checkout terminals.

George Scott Library

The George Scott Library, in the J M Young Room, is home to the College's heritage collections.

Ormondiana: Material relating to the College’s history including College publications and works published by and about alumni

Rare and Old: Highlights from the rich heritage of research material collected over the last 130 years

Australiana: Books by Australian authors or about Australia

Research:  Books withdrawn from the current collections but retained for their historical, cultural or other significance to the College. 

Bona fide researchers may request access to the George Scott Library by contacting the Head of Information Services in the Academic Centre.