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Reid Library - Celebrating 50 Years

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Reid Library - 50 Facts, 50 years

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The iconic Reid Library Building at the heart of the UWA Crawley campus was completed in 1964, and is celebrating 50 years in 2014.

An exhibition in Reid Library from July 2014 will showcase 50 years of technological innovation, collection development, changing spaces, and memories. Since its completion in 1964 Reid Library has adapted to radical technological changes, accommodated the growing university community and remained one of the busiest and most loved spaces on campus throughout.

Information Services would like to extend a special invitation to UWA staff, students, alumni and friends to participate in our interactive exhibit. Share your Reid story as part of the Reid Memory Catalogue – tell us what you love about Reid, something memorable from your time in Reid, a favourite item from the collection, or your thoughts on the future of the Library. These stories will be captured for posterity and help illustrate the rich history of this special building.

We’re sharing more about Reid's history in our 50 Facts – 50 Years series: follow us on Facebook or Twitter for an update each week in our 50th year. We’ll be posting and comparing past and present archival images and facts from the 50 year history of the Reid Library.

About the Reid Front Doors Design

The design by UniPrint is based on a drawing by the Office of the Consultant Architect, University of Western Australia ‘perspective of the great court from winthrop tower’, drawing no. 36/46. It is signed by Roger Johnson and dated 1961. Johnson, originally from England, was an architect working with Gordon Stephenson, who created a master plan for the UWA campus.

Interestingly, the tree canopy of the great court has grown so much since Reid was built that the view of the Great Court from Winthrop Tower is now completely obscured, and only sections of the Reid Library roof can be seen from this perspective today.

The design reflects a 1960s sentiment, with offset colour, the strong line drawing and the typography reflecting the textual nature of the material within the library.