TL Robertson Library facade

TL Robertson Library at Curtin University opens to students

The revitalised TL Robertson Library has officially opened to Curtin University students in Perth.

7 March 2023

The APP Group is proud to have supported the delivery of this project by managing the procurement, project management, design, tendering and construction of the main works.  

Built in 1972, the TL Robertson Library has been an important part of student life at the Bentley Campus for decades. The refurbishment has transformed the library into its next evolution as a place of digital innovation and collaboration. 

The design focuses on preserving the library’s iconic brutalist architecture, whilst creating additional internal spaces that will facilitate learning, knowledge sharing and collaboration. 

New features of the library include: 

Replacement of all end-of-life services, and relocation from Level 7 to a new external services tower. This will enable 2,118m² of new space to be added to Level 7, in addition to the 15,000m² refurbished area (opening mid-2023). 

  • A new main entrance on Level 3 near Curtin Connect. 
  • A reading room overlooking the pines at Henderson Court. 
  • Plenty of new study spaces, including bookable study rooms and learning spaces. 
  • A 24/7 student kitchen. 
  • A purpose-built Makerspace with high-tech and low-tech tools, equipment and materials which can be used to explore creativity. 
  • Accessibility features including: 
  • Changing Places facilities – suitable for people who cannot use standard accessible toilets. 
  • Parents’ Room. 
  • All gender toilets. 
  • Resting room. 
  • Equity room. 

A new accessibility route on Level 1 to support library access from the east to assist in navigating through the campus’s existing and challenging levels. 

In addition, the project is targeting a 5-Star Green Star Design & As Built sustainability rating, supported by low voltage communication infrastructure and the installation of photovoltaic panels on the rooftop.