Official opening of the John Phillips Library on the Penrith Campus

Between October 2014 when the interior was being created, to February 2015 when we opened the doors to the first students, and 1 April 2015 which marked the official naming and opening of the John Phillips Library on the Western Sydney University Penrith campus, quite a bit has happened!

  • Over 3 days in December 2014, the staff from the previous Ward and Allen libraries relocated to the new Library, quickly settling into their new digs whilst maintaining the work needed for the running of Summer School across the University campuses - processing reading lists, ordering materials, upgrading computers, running classes and offering a full service to Penrith students from the Allen library.
  • 300,000+ volumes were relocated from the two libraries and interfiled in the new building between December 2014 and January 2015
  • 120 desk top student computers, 28 loan laptops and 16 loan iPads were installed and configured for the new building, ready for when students needed them.
  • On Monday 16 February 2015, the doors opened to welcome new and returning students for the 2015 academic year.

Time-lapse video of the build is available, with thanks to Mr Chris Sheerman of the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics.  Chris has extensive additional photographs and video following the progress of the building of the John Phillips Library.  He may be contacted through the School, or via email at




Love the time lapse video and the blogs along the way to keep everyone up to date on progress. Although I have found this very late I still had a look at some of the previous posts :) Well done!