We aim to provide a range of high-quality scholarly information resources and services to the Federation University community. In doing so we recognise staff and students of the University are central to all that we do. We endeavour to deliver services that recognise the diversity and needs of all client groups; we strive to be both responsive and innovative in our service delivery and to be a vital contributor to supporting the University's mission to offer high-quality learning and research opportunities.
The Library Client Charter (pdf, 160kb) outlines both our commitment to you and your responsibilities – what we ask of you.
We are committed to supporting students to stay in their programs of study by providing targeted and mobile services. We will make it easier for you to reach us when you need to and encourage independence through self-service functions. We are proud that while we provide increasing self-service options that you still appreciate friendly face-to-face service and value our staff.
We actively seek your feedback and will work hard to take on board what you have to say so that your experience with us is a positive one.
We continue to work with other university colleagues to bring together student support services in one place and to produce more innovative online and web-based resources that can be accessed anytime, anywhere by you when you need them.
Insync library survey
Federation Library runs the Insync library satisfaction survey every two years. We'd love to hear what you have to say about your library today, so we can continue to improve your experience tomorrow.
Library Services teams
Level 1, Building L (Library)
Mt Helen campus
Mt Helen, Victoria
The Client Services Team is responsible for the delivery of Lending and Enquiry Services to all Federation students, staff and researchers.
This team also is responsible for the provision of programs and resources to support and develop lifelong learning skills through independent research, information skills and knowledge to our students through their Liaison Services. A strong focus for this team is in supporting academic and research staff through the delivery of mobile liaison services to each of our Schools.
Level 0, Building L (Library)
Mt Helen Campus
Mt Helen, Victoria
The Library Frontline Services Team’s mission is to deliver high-quality customer service to support the diverse needs of the Federation University community. We do this by delivering a mix of face-to-face, phone, and virtual assistance via our InfoPoint service, a one-stop query resolution service to all students, staff and visitors. We'll either answer your query or connect you to the right service.
Research and Learning Services Team
PH: 5327 9263
PH: 5327 8293
Liaison Librarian, Partners
PH: 5327 9533
PH: 4313 7914
Liaison Librarian (Acting)
PH: 5327 6499
PH: 5122 8483
PH: 4313 7953
PH: 5122 6298
Lucy Nuttal (image to come)
PH: 5327 9933
Institute of Health and Wellbeing
Karen Pruis and Carl Smith
Institute of Education, Arts and Community
Institute of Innovation, Science and Sustainability
|Erin Roga and Steph Evans|
Debbie Leatham and Myles Strous
Ballarat and Wimmera
Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation
Health Innovation and Transformation Centre
Future Regions Research Centre
Debbie Leatham and
Centre for Smart Analytics
Collaborative Evaluation and Research Group
Ararat jobs and tech precinct
Centre for New Energy Transition Research
The Collections and Access team is responsible for the selection, acquisition, processing, cataloguing and classification of Library materials, both in print and electronic format, the provision of Document Delivery Services, electronic access services and eResources.
There are interim team arrangements in place. Please contact Director, Janette Wright with any Collections and Access inquiries.
Building 1E (Library)
The Associate Librarian, Research and Research Collections is responsible for the identification and development of a range of collaborations to ensure the library plays a central role in the University's achievement of quality and quantum research.
Curator, Art and Historical Collections
Contact the University's Curator, Art and Historical Collections for information about the University's collections of historical material and artworks.
Curator, Art and Historical Collections
Phone: 5327 9168
Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre (GBRC) Special Collections
The Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre is named after the foundation Chancellor of the University of Ballarat (now Federation University Australia) in recognition of his long and distinguished career in academic circles, and his generous donation of books. It is located on the top floor of the E.J. Barker Library (Mt Helen Campus).
The GBRC includes the Geoffrey Blainey Mining Collection, the Federation University Australia Special Collection and the Federation University Australia Art and Historical Collections.
Federation University seeks to develop and maintain a permanent collection of high-quality works of visual art for the cultural enrichment of its student body, staff and the wider community.
The art collection consists largely of works by Australian artists, dating from 1909. The collection also includes various contemporary prints, ceramics, graphics, paintings and sculptures chiefly by graduates, postgraduates and staff of the University.
For a complete listing of the art collection and more up-to-date information, visit the Federation University Australia Art Collection page.
Federation University has an extensive collection of historical material dating from the opening of the Ballarat School of Mines in 1870. Over 15,000 items in the collection are currently catalogued. A selection of these can be accessed digitally via the Library catalogue.
For up-to-date information, visit the Federation University Australia Historical Collection page.
GBRC location and opening hours
The collections are housed on site at Mt Helen Campus Library and in an offsite store.
To ensure items will be available during your visit please contact the curator to plan your visit.
The GBRC can be accessed by appointment or during the following hours:
|Tuesday||9.30 am – 1.00 pm|
|Wednesday||1.00 pm – 5.00 pm|
|Thursday||1.00 pm – 5.00 pm|
|Friday||9.30 am – 1.00 pm|
Gippsland and Regional Studies Collection (GRSC)The Gippsland and Regional Studies Collection facilitates research into, and interpretation of, not only the Gippsland region, but also of rural and regional Australia. Present collection strengths include the history, literature, Aboriginal cultures, education, land use, environment and natural resources, and social structure of Gippsland. Material in the Collection is of particular relevance to research auspiced by the Centre for Gippsland Studies (CGS), a research centre within Federation University Australia's School of Arts.
The GRSC is managed by the Library, and materials are only available for use within the Uncle Albert Mullett, GRSC Reading Room.
The Collection’s holdings can be found on QuickSearch, Trove and the GippsDoc indexes. Digitised images can be accessed through Trove and Federation ResearchOnline. However, most archival materials are not available digitally.
GRSC location and opening hours
The collections are available for use within the Uncle Albert Mullett, GRSC Reading Room at the Gippsland Campus Library.
The GRSC can be accessed during the following hours:
|Monday||1.00 pm - 4.00 pm|
|Tuesday - Friday||By appointment|