Morris Miller Library

Morris Miller Library

The Morris Miller library is located on the Sandy Bay campus, Churchill Avenue, Sandy Bay

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Phone: +61 3 6226 2227

Email: AskUs

* 24 hour access via swipe card

Morris Miller Library

Long Vacation

Tuesday 13 November 2018 - Sunday 24 February 2019

Day Hours
Monday - Friday 8.30am - 6.00pm
Saturday - Sunday Closed
Christmas /New Year Break
Saturday 22 December 2018 – Tuesday 1 January 2019
*Note: no swipe card access during this period

First Semester / Study Period / Examinations

Monday 25 February - Monday 24th June

Please note: These hours may change in the near future

Day Hours
Monday - Thursday 8.30am - 9.00pm
Friday 8.30am - 6.00pm
Saturday & Sunday 12noon - 6.00pm
Easter Break
Thursday 18 April - Wednesday 24 April
Public Holidays

Mid-Year Vacation

Tuesday 25 June - Sunday 14 July

Day Hours
Monday - Friday 8.30am - 6.00pm
Saturday - Sunday Closed

Public Holidays


Date in 2019 Hours
Australia Day Monday 28 January Closed
Hobart Regatta Day Monday February 11th Closed
Eight Hour Day Monday March 11th 12noon - 6.00pm
Thursday (before Easter) April 18th 8.30am - 6.00pm
Good Friday April 19th Closed
Easter Saturday-Easter Tuesday April 20th - April 23rd 12noon - 6.00pm
Wednesday (after Easter) April 24th 8.30am - 6.00pm
ANZAC Day Thursday April 25th 12noon - 6.00pm
Queen's Birthday Monday June 10th 10.00am - 6.00pm
Hobart Show Day Thursday October 24th 10.00am - 6.00pm

What kind of access will I have?

24/7 access to the Learning Hub areas on Level 2 and Level 3 plus access to computers and online Library resources. Library items can be checked out on the Self Check machine.

What are the security arrangements?

  • Security patrols and CCTV cameras.
  • Security can be contacted on the internal phones on Level 2 and Level 3. To contact Security using your mobile phone the number is +61 3 6226 7600.
  • A Help Point is located directly outside the Morris Miller Library front entrance.

What do I need to do?

  • White TUU proxy/swipe card: get the proxy card activated at the Morris Miller Library Client Services desk
  • New red proxy/swipe card: go to the Student Centre (8.30am-5pm Mon-Fri) or the Morris Miller Library (during staffed hours) together with student ID card. A pre-activated card will be given to you for FREE
  • Have both your UTAS student ID card and the proxy card with you at all times while in the library.
 Morris Miller Library

Print Morris Miller Library floor plan (PDF 380KB)

Level One

Level 2 - Morris Miller Library

Level Two

Entrance level for Library users

Client Services Desk

For assistance with:

  • Printing accounts, e-mail passwords,
    borrowing & return of loan items
  • Enquire here about assignment & research  assistance
  • Document Delivery collection & advice

Reserve area (quiet study area)


  • High use course material
  • Ready reference collection
  • Hold items awaiting collection
  • 1 Print/copy/scan
  • 3 catalogue computers
  • Library self-check unit
  • Wired network ports & power points for laptops.
  • Study desks & comfortable seating
  • Learning Hub


  • Wired and Wireless network for laptops
  • 27 PCs  (computers 1,2,3, can be booked)
  • 1 Print/copy/scan
  • Scanner
  • Current serials &  new books display
  • Exhibition display cabinets
  • E Lab 2
    (for student use unless reserved for a class booking)
  • Group Study Room 1 &  2 with computer (online booking)
  • IT support desk (wireless laptop set-up)
  • 1 Catalogue computers
  • Library self-check machine
Level 3 - Morris Miller Library

Level Three

Learning Hub:

Access:Lift or stairs

Level 4 - Morris Miller Library

Level Four

Note: Level Four is a silent study area

  • Books (Call numbers A to Z)
  • Serials (Journals)
  • Folio collection
  • DVD collection
  • Curriculum collection
  • Wired and Wireless network for laptops
  • 4 PC's
  • Group Study Room 6 & 7 with computer (online booking)
  • silent study carrels
  • silent study benches
  • Microfilm and Fiche collection & reader
  • 2 catalogue computers
  • 1 Print/copy/scan
  • drink fountain

Access:Lift or stairs

Level 5 - Morris Miller Library

Level Five

Note: Level Five is a silent study area

Access:Lift or stairs

  • In your Library you can find the spaces you can work in groups - Spaces for us
  • If you need a place where you can work quietly on your own please check Spaces for me

Audiovisual collections

Level 3: Non-book material such as videos, DVDs, kits, cassettes and records. Most are available for loan

Collection codes: -
Morris Miller Cassette, Morris Miller DVD, Morris Miller Kit, Morris Miller Phonocassette,
Morris Miller Phonodisc, Morris Miller Video

Curriculum collection

Level 3: A wide range of materials intended for use by teachers in the classroom or in preparing work for the classroom. Its main users are Education students and academic staff. The collection includes children's fiction and non-fiction, teacher reference books, curriculum guidelines , kits, videos, pictures, posters and large format books. Most of the material is available for loan, but restrictions may apply.

Collection code: - Morris Miller Curric

Microform collection

Housed on level 4 of the Morris Miller Library : It comprises material in both microfiche and microfilm format covering a range of subjects. Includes back-runs of major newspapers. Microform readers and reader-printers are also available on Level 4. If you require help with using microforms, please ask at the Client Services Desk.

Collection codes: - Morris Miller MicFilm, Morris Miller MicFiche

Quaker collection

Level 5:

Material deposited with the University by the Society of Friends with subsequent additions by the Library. The collection covers all aspects of the Society of Friends, their religion, philosophy, life and thought. All items are listed in the library catalogue. Material in this collection is not available for loan and should be used in the Library.
Some items designated Morris Miller Quaker Rare are located in the Special & Rare collections.

Collection code: - Morris Miller Quaker

See also Quaker Life in Tasmania - online exhibition (including a history of the Quaker Collection).

Quaker Life in Tasmania - the first hundred years, by Michael Bennett, University of Tasmania Library, 2007

Royal Society Collection

Level 5:

The Royal Society of Tasmania (RST) Library is maintained by the UTAS Library. The Collection comprises a diverse range of 5000+ books and 650 journal titles (some held on open-access shelves and others in the restricted Rare Room), early maps and many early 19th century private family deposit collections. Its flagship journal, the RST Papers & Proceedings, is held in both paper and electronic formats. The RST Library also holds approximately 2000 rare and early manuscripts and books, including the oldest printed book (c1472) in Tasmania.

Rare Books

Level 5:

The Rare Book Collection is housed in the restricted-access Rare Room. The Collection comprises more than 8500 books and journals from a range of sub-collections including Christ College, Dunbabin, Baikie, Quaker, Royal Society of Tasmania (more than 2000 rare books and serials), St John Fisher College, Andrew Inglis Clark, Boyes, Franklin, Walker plus other donated or acquired rare materials. Most of the rare books have been catalogued however much of the Christ Collection rare book and manuscript collection remains uncatalogued.
See also From Manuscript to Print - online exhibition of some items in the Rare Collection

As material in the Rare Books collection is located in the Special & Rare Materials area and can only be used in the Library, you should ask the Library Officer, Special & Rare Materials, about using these items.

This area is staffed  

Monday - Wednesday - 9:30 - 4.00 pm 

We encourage visitors to make arrangements prior to arrival. 

Contact via  email:  or phone  +61 3 6226 2222 or +61 3 6226 7883

Collection codes:- Morris Miller Rare, Morris Miller Quaker Rare, Morris Miller Roy Soc Rare,
Morris Miller College Rare etc

Reference collection

Level 2: A wide range of encyclopaedias, dictionaries (both language and specialised subject dictionaries), directories, major bibliographic works, and abstracting tools. There is also a wide range of general and multi-disciplinary material.

Collection code: - Morris Miller Ref

A Brief History of the Morris Miller Library

  • In the late 1950s, as part of the shift from the Domain to the Sandy Bay site, the Morris Miller Library (MML) was designed by Melbourne modernist architect, John F.D. Scarborough, as the major research and undergraduate library for the University.
  • Correspondence and notes, now held at the Archives Office of Tasmania, indicate there was a clear intention to plan the building “from the inside out” and that it should not be a matter of “style or fad”.
  • The Library was planned for a student population of 2,000.
  • In an early statement Scarborough expresses that there would be no need for a “monumental reading room” and that book stacks and reading space should be mixed; staff would include typists and “persons engaged to keep order on the various floors” and smoking would be permitted in the “Academic Staff Reading Room”!
  • Early on the design for a mezzanine floor and the “wells” were seen to add “elevational interest” – at the time the University Librarian, Dietrich H. Borchardt, drew Scarborough’s attention to the criticism of the De Pauw University Library building: “with an open well you have noise that is naturally going up to the second floor .. hot air will shoot up”, adding that this question will “scarcely worry us in Tasmania – hot language might be another matter”!
  • The MML’s external louvers were in the initial plan as well as the apparently novel idea (Mr Borchardt had visited libraries in the United States in 1958) of a “letter box provision” at the front door to enable students to return books when the library is closed.
  • The swatches for the original colour scheme are in the Archives papers – olive green and the lightest lemon shade for the entry floor, “colonial ivory” for the Venetian blinds.
  • The Library building was handed over in July 1961 (without the two top floors, these were added at a later date) and in a letter to Scarborough dated 3 July, Borchardt is full of praise for the “pleasing proportions” and “simple but dignified lines both inside and out” and concludes that Scarborough will be remembered “longer than many who had the pleasure of being associated with you in the planning of the ‘heart of the university’”.
  • Scarborough and his firm were responsible for many fine collegiate and ecclesiastical buildings including Melbourne University’s Baillieu Library which opened in 1959.
  • The Library is named after Edmund Morris Miller - 1881 - 1964.
  • The UTAS Library Master Plan was developed in 2005 by Hamlet Consulting and identified the best planning option was for the Morris Miller building to revert to the original design intent, including the layout of collections and services throughout the library. There was the clear recognition that the need to accommodate collections over the years had overtaken user space. In addition, the adoption of information technology and online resources required different user space configurations and functional alignment.
  • In redeveloping and redesigning Level 2, Hamlet Management describe Scarborough’s design as employing “light and voids to create interiors for libraries that capture the inspirational and mind freeing perceptions of vistas, volumes of air and light, and the interest of views to the different levels of the building. He places people to the perimeter against the light and collections to the spine centre”.
  • Following the redevelopment of Level 1 which represented Stage 1 of the UTAS Library Master Plan, the work on Level 2, the second stage, commenced in November 2009.
  • The architects for the Level 1 and Level 2 projects were Adelaide-based architectural firm Thomson Rossi who worked with Philip Lighton architects here in Hobart.


Chris Evans

Chris Evans
B.A., Grad. Dip. Lib.& Info. Stud.
Research Librarian
Ph +61 3 6226 2132

Heather Mitchell, Liaison Librarian

Heather Mitchell
B.Sc., Grad. Dip. Lib. Info. Stud.
Research Librarian
Ph +61 3 6226 7217

Reading Lists

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Liz Helsing
Resource Management Librarian
Reading Lists
Ph +61 3 6226 1002

Leonie Alias

Leonie Alias
Library Officer, Reading Lists (Launceston)
Ph +61 3 6324 3418

Transcription Service
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Debra Wilson
Senior Librarian, Resource Management -
Transcription Services
Ph +61 3 6226 2207
Pam Pilcher - Transcription Services
Pam Pilcher
Library Officer,Transcription Services
Ph +61 3 6226 2211
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Clare Evans
Library Officer,Transcription Services
Ph +61 3 6226 2211
Document Delivery
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Rachel Adams
Senior Library Officer
Ph +61 3 6226 2880
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Susanna Hennighausen
Library Officer
Ph +61 3 6226 2230
Special Collections

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Wendy Rimon
Special Collections Librarian
Ph +61 3 6226 2222
(Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday pm)

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Heather Excell
Library Officer
Ph +61 3 6226 7883
(Monday-am, Tuesday, Wednesday)

Morris Miller Library
Client Services phone number +61 3 6226 2227
Fax number +61 3 6226 7816
Client Services email
Postal address Private Bag 25 Hobart 7001
Service Coordinator - Kay Hughes +61 3 6226 2221
Library Manager +61 3 6226 2221