SAUNDA Statement RE: Sydney Campus Library Hours

The Student Association (SAUNDA) has received a number of student concerns raised with regards to the opening hours of the Sydney Campus Libraries (St Benedict's Library, Broadway, and Benedict XVI Library, Darlinghurst). 

Students of the Sydney Campus have raised the following issues:

  • Students not consulted on the change of opening times from 8.30am-8pm to 8am-7pm;
  • There is a difference between the accessibility of library facilities between the Fremantle and Sydney Campuses; 
  • Minimal weekend library opening hours and on Sunday the library is closed; and
  • Some students have been requesting a 24 hour library service. 

SAUNDA is concerned by the decreased accessibility of the Library facilities without first consulting the students. SAUNDA is listening and has started to raise your concerns with the University and we will work with the University to make sure that reasonable access is provide to students. 

Already at the recently held March University Student Affairs Committee Meeting, which the SAUNDA President and Vice Presidents (Broadway & Darlinghurst) are ex officio members, this matter was raised by SAUNDA. The SAUNDA representatives on the Student Affairs Committee (President, Vice President - Broadway, Vice President - Darlinghurst and Arts Representative) has emphasised that these changes and the manner in which the changes occurred are not satisfactory. The Student Affairs Committee is obtaining more information about the changes and it will be examined by the SAUNDA and the Committee at the next meeting. SAUNDA will continue to update students on this matter and be assured that SAUNDA will continue to work on this until the university has an appropriate arrangement in place. 

For a stronger Notre Dame community, 

Student Association of the University of Notre Dame Australia (SAUNDA) Committee 2018