Academic Centre & Libraries

A learning hub for the twenty-first century.

The Academic Centre is the heart of learning at Ormond. In 2012 the MacFarland building underwent a $5m transformation to prepare 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, and ubiquitous wireless; and casual reading, discussion, lecture, and performance areas.

In recognition of the quality of the spaces created, our 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 items and is exclusively for the use of Ormond students, tutors and staff. It has an extensive reference collection, current textbooks and course-related literature, as well as fiction, magazines, and audio visual materials. New purchase suggestions are welcomed, and our librarians are on hand to help students access the collection 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.

Each of the tutorial spaces in the Centre has been designed to maximise the use of technology in learning.

The Centre also features a seminar/technology room ideal for seminars and small presentations, and a communal sudy area near the 'pantry' where tea and coffee are provided.

There are facilities for scanning, printing and copying in colour and black & white in the reprographics zone, and printing and copying are charged at reasonable rates. Video editing software can be accessed on the Centres' iMac computers.

Academic Centre Hours

The Academic Centre is accessible to students 24 hours a day. The Library is staffed from Monday to Friday, 10:00am - 9:30pm and from 1:00pm - 5:00pm 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.