About us


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 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.

The Library Terms of Use (pdf, 160kb) outlines the conditions of use to ensure reasonable and equitable access to library facilities for all library users.


The Library is 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.

Library Services teams

Director, University Library

Director, University Library

Janette Wright
Email: director.library@federation.edu.au

For general library queries please phone 1300 552 567.

Level 1, Building L (Library)
Mt Helen Campus
University Drive,
Mt Helen, Victoria

Client Services

Marion SlawsonTeam Leader

Marion Slawson
Associate Librarian
Email: marion.slawson@federation.edu.au
Phone: 5122 6124

Level 1, Building L (Library)
Mt Helen campus
University Drive
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.

Library Frontline Services


Ange Jenkins
Coordinator, Library Frontline Services
Email: a.jenkins@federation.edu.au
Phone: 5327 8292

Level 0, Building L (Library)
Mt Helen Campus
University Drive
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.

Contact us face to face or via 1300 552 567, email, online chat and Ask the Library

Research and Learning Services Team

Cheryl Claridge
Team Leader,
Research Services
PH: 5327 9263

Beth Deans
Beth Deans (image to come)
Team Leader, Learning Services
PH: 4313 7978

Karen Pruis
Karen Pruis
Liaison Librarian
PH: 5327 8293

Marion Slawson
Partners contact
PH: 5122 6124
Steph Evans
Steph Evans
Liaison Librarian
PH: 4313 7914
Peggy Hsu
Peggy Hsu
Liaison Librarian
PH: 5327 9589
Debbie Leatham
Debbie Leatham
Liaison Librarian
PH: 5122 8483
Erin Roga
Erin Roga
Liaison Librarian
PH: 4313 7953
Myles Strous
Myles Strous
Liaison Librarian
PH: 5122 6298

Carl Smith
Information Librarian
PH: 5327 6499

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Federation Business School Steph Evans Debbie Leatham   Vacant Debbie Leatham Karen Pruis
School of Arts Steph Evans Debbie Leatham Karen Pruis Peggy Hsu Debbie Leatham Karen Pruis
School of Education Steph Evans Debbie Leatham Karen Pruis Peggy Hsu Debbie Leatham  
School of Science, Psychology and Sport Erin Roga Myles Strous   Peggy Hsu Myles Strous  
School of Health Erin Roga Myles Strous Karen Pruis Karen Pruis Myles Strous  
School of Engineering, IT and Physical Sciences Steph Evans Myles Strous  Vacant Myles Strous  
Federation TAFE  Karen Pruis VacantVacantKaren Pruis
Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation Health Innovation and Transformation CentreFuture Regions Research Centre
Cheryl Claridge, Karen Pruis Erin Roga, Myles StrousMyles Strous, Peggy Hsu

Collections and Access

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.

Research and Strategic Projects


Kay Steel
Associate Librarian, Research & Research Collections
Email: kay.steel@federation.edu.au
Phone: 5122 6536

Building 1E (Library)
Gippsland Campus
Northways Rd
Churchill, Victoria

The Associate Librarian, Research & 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.

Special Collections


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.

Art Collection

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 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.

Historical Collection

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.

It is advisable to contact the curator before planning your visit to ensure items will be available during your visit.

The GBRC can be accessed by appointment or during the following hours:

Tuesday9.30 am – 1.00 pm
Wednesday1.00 pm – 5.00 pm
Thursday1.00 pm – 5.00 pm
Friday9.30 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 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 reading room at Gippsland Campus Library.

The GRSC can be accessed during the following hours:

Monday1.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Tuesday - FridayBy appointment

Contact us

For more information about the University's collections of historical material and artworks, please contact the University's Curator, Art and Historical Collections.

Clare Gervasoni
Curator, Art and Historical Collections
Email: c.gervasoni@federation.edu.au
Phone: 5327 9168