The Academic Centre was created as a joint facility for the students of Newman and St Mary’s, residential colleges at the University of Melbourne, and is sited mid-way between the two Colleges. It was built through the generosity of donors, chief among them Allan and Maria Myers.
The Centre offers: wireless internet; research assistance; study spaces for individual and group work including tutorial rooms with data projection; four music practice rooms; two kitchens with tea and coffee making facilities; a student lounge; a computer lab with nine PCs; colour printing and document binding; and a library of about 50,000 items. The library stocks most of the textbooks that students need for undergraduate courses and we're constantly buying new books to meet student needs. Students are encouraged to borrow a textbook for a whole semester and share it with two or three college buddies. There are no library fines.
The building was designed by the award-winning architectural team of Peter Corrigan and Maggie Edmond, and was completed in 2004. It draws upon and complements Walter Burley Griffin’s original design for Newman College, and is an expression of hope and confidence in the future.
Resident students and staff have 24 hour access, 7 days.
General public access is available during business hours Monday to Friday by appointment. Please contact us on 9342 1614 to arrange a visit.
Access via Newman College Reception (887 Swanston St) or St Mary's College Reception (871 Swanston St).